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Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies and Nonprofits Projects to Protect Local Natural Resources in Eligible Counties

Pocono Forests and Waters Conservation Landscape (PFWCL) Mini-Grant Program


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne Counties

Important Dates
Conference Date: 03/28/23
Deadline: 04/24/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania counties, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions for projects that protect natural resources in eligible regions. Funding is intended for activities in the areas of community, conservation, and connections. Projects must be located within the PFWCL region which includes the counties of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Wayne.

Projects should advance the priorities of the PFWCL.

PFWCL Vision - Amplify regional efforts to conserve the Landscape’s natural resources through partnership and networking with core values of Conservation, Community, and Connections.

PFWCL Priorities:

Conservation – Conserve important natural landscape areas through methods such as acquisition, easements, and other land protection measures while championing stewardship of the region’s array of natural resources.

Example of Projects:

  • Identify priority parcels for acquisition
  • Conduct landowner outreach
  • Promote land stewardship
  • Develop educational programs regarding land and water conservation
  • Protect waterways by addressing AMD and non-point source pollution

Community - Engage communities to promote, enhance, and sustain local natural, cultural, and outdoor recreational resources.

Example of Projects:

  • Promote recreational opportunities and use of land and water trails and conserved lands
  • Implement projects identified in Open Space and Greenway Plans
  • Create educational programs that engage participants using the natural, cultural, and outdoor recreational resources
  • Develop tools to highlight the natural, cultural, and outdoor recreational assets and their benefits

Connections - Identify and create greenway and trail connections to public lands and communities throughout the landscape.

Example of Projects:

  • Conduct trail corridor studies/feasibility studies
  • Enhance and provide trailheads and trail amenities
  • Develop wayfinding and educational signage
  • Construct public access amenities


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, and educational institutions. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Meeting: March 28, 2023 (Not required - but highly recommended)

Pre-Application Information
Important Dates:
• Grant Round Opens: March 2, 2023
• Application Deadline: April 24,2023 (5:00 pm)
• Grant Awards Announced: End of May 2023
• Mini-Grant Kick-off meeting: June 1, 2023

Project proposals must include a 1:1 match (cash, in-kind, or a combination).

The 2023-2024 PFW Mini Grant Program is a reimbursement funding program.

All projects, related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines of the DCNR C2P2 Program:

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants can request $2,000 - $10,000.

Term of Contract
• Projects Begin: June 1, 2023
• Project Completion: May 31, 2023

Contact Information
Apply online:

For project and content related questions contact:
Janet Sweeney
Phone: 570.718.1635

For technical questions regarding completion of this application contact:
Monday-Friday, 11:00am - 7:00pm, with limited availability on weekends.

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