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Coldwater Conservation Planning and Implementation Grants

Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #149188

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $7,500 and grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, municipalities, and counties for environmental projects. Applicants should contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for planning projects and implementation projects that enhance, conserve, or protect the coldwater stream in which a coldwater conservation plan was originally completed.

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 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:

  • 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. 
  • 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 take the leading role in project implementation.
  • 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:

  • Natural stream channel and bank restoration projects that maintain or improve water quality;
  • In-stream habitat improvements, including the removal of passage barriers for fish and other aquatic organisms;
  • Stormwater best management practices;
  • Agricultural best management practices, like stream bank fencing;
  • Acid deposition abatement and alkaline addition;
  • Education and/or outreach; and
  • Programs that increase public awareness of watershed issues and provide hands-on learning experiences.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the following: 501(c)3 non-profit organizations, conservation districts, counties, and municipalities. Organizations which 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 general description of the watershed including relevant geographical, geological, historical, and other information;
- Recent analysis of scientific data for the coldwater ecosystems*
- Lists of areas of concern or potential threats, impacts, problems, or opportunities in the watershed; and
- Recommendations or a plan of action for conservation, preservation and/or restoration activities and projects.

Please Note: The CHP program is no longer accepting proposals for projects consisting solely of riparian buffer plantings.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received via email by Friday, March 4, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

If you do not receive 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. Successful applicants will be awarded 90% of the grant when a contract has been fully executed. The remaining 10% will be awarded upon completion of the project and the approval of the final report and budgetary information by a CHP representative.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning grants: up to $7,500
Implementation grants: up to $10,000

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 and direct questions to:
Coldwater Heritage Partnership
Rachel Kester, Program Director
595 E. Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
(814) 359-5233

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