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Coldwater Conservation Planning Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Municipalities,
Counties, and Districts for Stream Conservation Initiatives

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Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP)

Deadline Date:

02/15/21 11:59 PM - Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities, counties, and conservation districts to develop plans for the protection of local streams. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to ensure that productive, naturally occurring fisheries have healthy and sustainable ecosystems. The goal of the plans is to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation.

This grant provides funding to:

  • Gather existing data about coldwater ecosystems;
  • Identify potential impacts, threats, problems and opportunities affecting coldwater streams;
  • Formulate a plan of action for proposed conservation and protection strategies; and
  • Build community awareness and support for the conservation of our coldwater streams. 

Proposals that meet the following criteria will be given priority:

  • Project will occur in a watershed that contains streams with naturally reproducing trout populations. 
  • Project will occur in a watershed listed as special protection waters within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Chapter 93 or have the potential to be upgraded. This information can be found at: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/025/chapter93/chap93toc.html
  • Streams and other water bodies in project area are generally open to the public for recreational activities including angling;
  • Project demonstrates significant partnerships, volunteer involvement, and promotes opportunities for citizen science and engagement;
  • Local watershed organizations, TU chapters, county conservation districts or academic institutions (rather than consulting firms) take the leading role in the implementation of the project; and
  • Proposed project demonstrates benefits to coldwater fish species as well as to the local community’s economic, recreational, aesthetic characteristics or objectives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149187

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum amount of funding per grant request is $5000.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must be completed along with the final report and budgetary information within 18 months of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that have 501(c)3 non-profit status in Pennsylvania, such as watershed associations, land trusts, Trout Unlimited chapters, conservancies, sportsmen groups, educational institutions, and conservation organizations are eligible to apply. Municipalities, municipal authorities, counties, and conservation districts may also apply.

Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 non-profit status must identify a non-profit organization that will administer the finances for the grant (a pass-through organization).

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received via email by February 15, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

Please contact the CHP program director to discuss your project before applying.

Plan preparation should include a public participation process, which serves to inform stakeholders and build community consensus for the conservation of the coldwater stream. Two public meetings are required.

Matching funds (1:1 ratio) of either cash or in-kind contributions, such as volunteer time or donated goods and services that directly tie to the development/implementation of the Coldwater Conservation Plan are required.

For a program overview, click here: https://www.coldwaterheritage.org/

The list of streams containing naturally reproducing trout: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/PennsylvaniaFishes/Trout/Pages/TroutWaterClassifications.aspx

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to Rachel Kester at c-rkester@pa.gov

Contact:
Rachel Kester, Program Director
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Program
595 E. Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 577-7611

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