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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions for Environmental Protection Projects in Eligible Areas

Susquehanna Riverlands Mini-Grant Program


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Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Lancaster and York Counties (Susquehanna Riverlands Area)

Important Dates
LOI Date: 05/08/23
Deadline: 06/12/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Pennsylvania government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and certain educational institutions in eligible locations for environmental protection projects. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to help sustain, protect, and preserve the Susquehanna Riverlands Area.

The grants support projects that advance the mission of the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape and focus on the following areas: 

  1. Habitat and trail connectivity, 
  2. Ecosystem health, 
  3. Sustainable public access to the Susquehanna River and its surrounding natural lands, and 
  4. Community partnership and collaboration. 

Projects that can demonstrate the greatest benefit and overlap between two or more of these areas are more likely to be funded. Mini-grant projects that are directly aligned with the mission and goals of the strategic plan will be given the most weight in the project ranking and evaluation process.

For information about eligible activities, costs and match:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Municipalities, including municipal and local government agencies, 501(c)(3) non-profits that are registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charities, and some educational entities are eligible to apply.

Projects should take place within the Susquehanna Riverlands region, which is a PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources designated region that includes all municipalities in Lancaster and York Counties that touch the Susquehanna River and boroughs surrounded by these communities. See map on RFP.

Projects that occur outside this region may be considered for funding provided they have a direct, tangible benefit to the region and demonstrably advance the mission of the Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape.

Ineligible Activities, Costs and Match:
- Costs related to the preparation of the grant application.
- Costs for projects located outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- Costs of conducting fundraising activities.
- Costs for lobbying activities.
- Costs of food, drink, gifts and or other hospitality items related to the general promotion of the grantee organization or not related to overnight travel expenses.
- Costs determined by the Bureau, to be in violation of the Grant Terms and Conditions.
- Match, whether in the form of cash, non-cash or a land donation, may be used only once as match. If it has been counted as match for another project/grant or portion of this project, it may not be used again as match, no matter who funded the project(s).

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates
- Letter of Intent (LOI) due: Monday, May 8, 2023, by 5 p.m.
- Invited applicants notified on or before: Monday, May 22, 2023
- Application deadline: Monday, June 12, 2023, by 5 p.m.
- Mini-Grant awards announced on or before: Monday, June 26, 2023
- Project period of performance: July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Jenn Teson to discuss their project before applying.

A 1:1 match is required. At least 25% of the match must be in cash. Grants with more than than 25% cash match may be scored higher.


Estimated Size of Grant
Ranging from $2,500 to $25,000

Term of Contract
Project period of performance: July 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Submit the LOI:

For more information, contact:
Jenn Teson
Lancaster Conservancy
117 South West End Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17603
(717) 392-7891 ext. 204

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