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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Conservation Districts, Municipalities, and Counties for Environmental Projects

Coldwater Conservation Planning and Implementation Grants


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Trout Inc
Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/10/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $15,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, and local government agencies for environmental projects. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote the long-term stewardship of coldwater streams and their surrounding watersheds. Planning grants should be used to identify potential problems and opportunities for stream conservation. Implementation grants should be for projects identified in completed Coldwater Conservation, Watershed, or Rivers Conservation Plans.

Planning grants provide 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 coldwater streams.

Implementation projects must enhance, conserve, or protect the coldwater stream in which a coldwater conservation plan was originally completed. Grants may be used to pay for equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction activities, and other services to implement recommendations.

Proposals that meet the following criteria will be given priority:

  • The project will occur in a watershed that contains streams with naturally reproducing trout populations. 
  • The 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. 
  • Streams and other water bodies in the project area are generally open to the public for recreational activities including angling;
  • The project demonstrates significant partnerships and volunteer involvement, and promotes opportunities for citizen science and engagement;
  • Local watershed organizations, TU chapters, county conservation districts, or academic institutions take the leading role in project implementation.
  • The proposed project demonstrates benefits to coldwater fish species as well as to the local community’s economic, recreational, and aesthetic characteristics or objectives. 

Examples of eligible projects are listed below, although other projects may be eligible:

  • In-stream aquatic wildlife/fish improvement structures
  • Stormwater best management practices
  • Agricultural best management practices, like stream bank fencing
  • Acid deposition abatement and alkaline addition
  • Education and/or outreach
  • Programs that increase public awareness of watershed issues and provide hands-on learning experiences
  • Natural stream channel and bank restoration projects that maintain or improve water quality.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include the following: 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, conservation districts, counties, and municipalities. Organizations that do not have non-profit status in Pennsylvania must identify a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that will administer the finances for the grant (a pass-through organization).

Grantees or their pass-through agent must provide proof of 501(c)3 status AND be registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Only projects proposed within watersheds that have one of the following completed documents will be considered for funding:
- A Coldwater Heritage Partnership Coldwater Conservation Plan*
- A River Conservation Plan
- A document that contains the following information:
a. A general description of the watershed including relevant geographical, geological, historical, and other information;
b. Recent analysis of scientific data for the coldwater ecosystems*
c. Lists of areas of concern or potential threats, impacts, problems, or opportunities in the watershed; and
d. Recommendations or a plan of action for conservation, preservation, and/or restoration activities and projects.

The CHP program does not accept proposals for projects consisting solely of riparian buffer plantings.

Pre-Application Information
All proposals must be received via email by Friday, March 10, 2023, at 4:00 PM.

If you do not receive an email confirmation of your application within 1-2 business days, it has not been received.

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

Matching funds (1:1 ratio) of either cash or in-kind contributions, such as volunteer time or donated goods and services, are required.

Maps should be included with the application.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Planning grants: up to $7,500
- Implementation grants: up to $15,000

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

Contact Information
Email applications to

Rachel Kester, Program Director
595 E. Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 359-5233

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