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Coldwater Conservation Implementation Grants

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP)

Deadline Date:

01/17/20 Postmarked or Received


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, municipalities, and counties for projects that protect and enhance eligible streams. Applicants should contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Eligible costs include equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction activities and other services to implement recommendations.

Implementation grants should be projects identified in completed Coldwater Conservation, Watershed or Rivers Conservation Plans. Potential projects must enhance, conserve, or protect the coldwater stream in which a coldwater conservation plan was originally completed. Other plans and reports created through another program or organization may be used as eligible documents for applying for an Implementation grant.

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

  • In-stream aquatic wildlife/fish improvement structures
  • Riparian buffer installation or improvement
  • 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

Proposals that meet the following criteria will be given priority:

  • Project will occur in a watershed that contains streams with naturally reproducing trout populations. The list of streams containing naturally reproducing trout can be found at:
  • 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:
  • 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#: 149188

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $8,000

Term of Contract:

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

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.

Preference will be given to applications that show a match of either cash or in-kind contributions such as volunteer time, donated services, or other donated items. (50:50 match is encouraged.) 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.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received or postmarked by January 17, 2020.

The application document is available in the Supporting Documents field below.

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

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:
Coldwater Heritage Partnership Program
595 E. Rolling Ridge Drive
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Attn: Rachel Kester

Questions can be directed to Rachel Kester:
Phone: (814) 359-5233

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania

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