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Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational
Institutions for Conservation and Recreation Projects

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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

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Deadline Date:

03/19/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions for conservation and recreation activities that benefit residents in eligible locations. Applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or meet with program staff prior to applying. Projects must be located in the Lehigh Valley region (Lehigh or Northampton County).

The purpose of the mini grant program is to inspire collaborative, strategic approaches to regional conservation and/or outdoor recreation opportunities and to implement ready-to-go, single-year projects that protect and promote the natural resources of the Lehigh Valley and advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.

Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Vision: Lehigh Valley communities are linked to greenways, trails, and outdoor experiences resulting in stronger local economies and improved public health, green infrastructure and natural resources.

Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape Goals:

  • Goal 1: Land Conservation & Restoration - Conserve critical landscapes, restore buffered stream corridors, and promote best management practices
  • Goal 2: Outdoor Recreation & Trail Connections - Connect people to greenway and trail opportunities to promote healthy living, recreation, and the region’s green assets
  • Goal 3: Community Revitalization – Support community revitalization through green infrastructure that enhances the quality of life
  • Goal 4: Local Education & Outreach – Promote understanding of our natural environment and its benefits to our communities

2021 Mini Grant Program Priorities:

  • (Municipalities) Adopt model ordinances and/or an official map to protect natural resources and improve bicycle/pedestrian connections
  • Implement ecological restoration projects (ex. stream habitat improvements, riparian buffers, native grass/wildflower meadows, rain gardens, no-mow areas along streams and in public parks)
  • Host diversity, equity and inclusion events, trainings and workshops that advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways
  • Improve THE LINK, Lehigh Valley’s growing multi-use trail network (ex. close trail gaps, install safety and directional signage, create safe road crossings, add trail amenities)
  • Incorporate climate change adaptation strategies into all relevant projects

For a list of eligible project types, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166702

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests shall be a minimum of $1,000 and not to exceed $10,000, with total project costs at least twice the grant request. Requested grant amounts should be rounded down to the nearest $100 increment.

Term of Contract:

- June 1, 2021 – Project start date *only if agreements are signed and returned to D&L
- November 2022 – Project completion and closeout

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who is eligible?
- Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt 501c3 status and registered with PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations. Selected applicants will need to provide proof of both 501c3 and BCO registration
- Municipalities, municipal agencies (COG, MPO, municipal authority), county conservation districts
- Educational institutions (Lehigh Valley colleges and universities, public/private schools).

Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants will not fund membership drives or fundraising, real estate acquisition or property easements, or any projects not entirely related to at least one of the four goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.

Ineligible grant expenditures include:

- Reimbursement for any expenses prior to the effective start date listed on signed agreement.
- In-house professional services (grantee staff) greater than 50% of the total amount of awarded grant (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursement funds). The billable rate officially established by grantee governing body can include hourly wage, fringe benefits, and operational overhead costs.
- Award items, free giveaways, or promotional items (certificates, trophies, plaques, tshirts, hats, magnets, pins, etc) – (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursable grant funds).
- Indirect costs, general operations or overhead charges (rent, utilities, website hosting).
- Power equipment (lawn mowers, chain saws, weed wackers).
- Grants, scholarships or fellowships to be given by the grant recipient to a third party.

Pre-proposal Conference:

February 3, 2021 9:00am-11:00am – Pre-application meeting held via an online Zoom meeting

All potential applicants must attend this meeting or schedule a separate meeting with Claire Sadler to discuss your projects. Sending a representative to the pre-application meeting is strongly preferred so you are present for the presentation and can learn from the questions of other applicants.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Pre-Application Information:

2021 Mini Grant Schedule:

- February 3, 2021 9:00am-11:00am – Pre-application meeting held via an online Zoom meeting **All potential
applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or schedule a separate meeting with Kathleen Ward to discuss
your projects
- Friday, March 19, 2021 at 4:00pm– Application period closes and online application form is no longer available.
- March/April 2021 – Projects are reviewed and selected by committee
- May 2021 – Mini grant awards are announced and grant agreements mailed
- June 1, 2021 – Project start date *only if agreements are signed and returned to D&L
- November 2022 – Project completion and closeout

Each applicant is limited to a maximum of two project applications per grant round. Applicants with multiple project ideas are encouraged to contact Kathleen Ward for advice on prioritizing your projects. Applications that have been funded by another Conservation Landscape are ineligible. Applicants are strongly discouraged from repeatedly applying for mini grant funding to support the same project.

Mini grants are on a reimbursement basis so the mini grantee will be expected to expend eligible project costs then submit for 50% reimbursement of total costs up to the awarded mini grant amount.

All mini grants must be matched with cash and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) contributions at a minimum ratio of 1:1. Example: Grant Request (50% or less) + Eligible Match (50% or more) = Total Project Cost (100%).

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Contact Kathleen Ward, D&L Conservation Coordinator/Lehigh Valley Greenways Co-Lead, to discuss your project ideas or answer questions: 610-923-3548 Ext 225 or

Lehigh Valley Greenways
2750 Hugh Moore Park Road
Easton, PA 18042

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