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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits to Improve Access to Waterways in Eligible Regions

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Pennsylvania: Western region

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Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF) Grant

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) - Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #163319

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit conservation organizations in eligible regions to improve access to local waterways for recreational purposes. Applicants must contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to make the rivers and streams in Western Pennsylvania more accessible for outdoor recreation such as canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

WPC also looks to enhance opportunities for Pennsylvania’s citizens and visitors through improvements created by the Canoe Access Development Fund (CADF). The CADF aids in the identification, stabilization and rustic development of waterway access sites in Western Pennsylvania. The Canoe Access Development Fund is a beneficial resource for local organizations to help ensure that the public has access to waterways. CADF also aids in the expansion of watershed partnerships across Western Pennsylvania and provides increased awareness of the work of watershed associations and organizations. WPC assists with this effort by not only providing funding, but also technical assistance for design, permitting, construction, outreach and long-term sustainability.

Improvements to canoe access sites help expand the number of locations for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to enjoy and explore Western Pennsylvania’s waterways that meander throughout private, public and state forests. River enthusiasts also have an opportunity to expand their enjoyment and knowledge of Pennsylvania’s diverse terrestrial and aquatic flora and fauna. 

Current funding supports grants on streams with minimal motorboat traffic, with preference for whitewater streams.

Funding may be used for the following expenses:

  • Parking area(s) for a few vehicles 
  • Creating stabilized access areas and paths to the waterway
  • Purchase of conservation land easement and/or riverside access (where appropriate)
  • Paying for a portion of a larger land tract for access (where appropriate)
  • Upgrading an existing access location (through the above listed methods)

Preference will be given to existing sites or to waterways where previously developed conservation plans, assessments, or water trail programs indicate the need for improved stream recreation access. Indications of need may also come from current active development of the above.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in Pennsylvania are eligible. Organizations without 501(c)(3) nonprofit status must identify a qualified nonprofit association to administer the grant’s finances, if awarded.

Preference will be given to existing sites or to waterways where previously developed conservation plans, assessments, or water trail programs indicate the need for improved stream recreation access. Indications of need may also come from the current active development of the above.

A proposed new access site must be located along a stream or river described in Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~shaw/CG.html) or similar text, or be recognized in the region as a paddling waterway. Preference will be given to Class II and Class III streams.

A previously existing access site seeking improvement(s) must be identified in Canoeing Guide Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia (http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~shaw/CG.html) or similar text or be recognized in the region as a paddling waterway.

The landowner must be in agreement to allow canoe and kayak access to the site for a minimum of ten years.

Eligible streams must be rated as Class III or below, be substantially free of powerboat traffic, and be canoeable often enough to justify the investment. Proposed access sites should significantly augment existing or planned access capability.

The expectations of these site improvements are for public groups and private landowners to work cooperatively.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the grant program will be accepted beginning October 17, 2022, and must be postmarked by November 21, 2022.

Grant recipients will be notified by December 12, 2022.

Prior to submitting your application, you are required to contact Eli Long to discuss your proposal.

While a cash or non-cash match is not required, preference will be given to applications that show local commitment. Non-cash, in-kind contributions are acceptable and may include volunteer time, donated services, or other donated items, such as heavy equipment, which are directly related to the development of the applicant’s project.

Canoeing Guide to Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia: https://canoedraft.shaw-weil.com/

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will provide up to $5,000 for low-profile improvements and a subsequent $1,000 for maintenance over the next decade.

Term of Contract:

The organization applying to the CADF must be committed to maintaining the access site for ten years after the project is completed.

Contact Information:

Submit one complete copy of your grant application with all attachments and supporting documentation to:

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
C/O Mr. Eli Long
Canoe Access Development Fund
1067 Philadelphia St, Suite 101
Indiana, PA 15701

If you have any questions concerning the fund, please contact:
Eli Long, WPC Watershed Manager
724-471-7202 ext. 5105
elong@paconserve.org

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