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

Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Northampton and Lehigh counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/16/23 4:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities and municipal agencies, county conservation districts, and educational institutions for conservation and recreation activities that benefit residents in eligible regions. Applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or meet with staff prior to applying. Funds may be used for education, planning, and implementation projects located in the Lehigh Valley region (Lehigh or Northampton County).

The Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor (D&L).  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

2023 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 educational events, trainings and workshops which involve an inclusive audience to 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

Eligible project types are educational programs/workshops, special purpose studies, or implementation projects. Eligible projects should advance the Lehigh Valley Greenways vision and goals and be consistent with previously completed local, county, and regional plans such as open space, greenway, trail, recreation, comprehensive, watershed and/or rivers conservation plans.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include:
- 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)

Projects must be located in the Lehigh Valley region (Lehigh or Northampton County).

Grant requests near the Kittatinny Ridge within Lehigh and Northampton Counties should contact the funding source to discuss whether they are best suited for Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants or Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape funding.

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.
- 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
2023 LV Greenways Mini Grant Pre-application Meeting:

The Pre-application meeting will be held Thursday, February 23, 2023, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST at the Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center 400 Belfast Road Nazareth, PA 18064. Interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend the pre-application meeting.

To register:

Pre-Application Information
- February 16, 2023– 2023 LVG Mini Grant application round opens
- February 23, 2023 -Pre-application meeting*
- March 16, 2023 – Grant application round closes at 4pm.
- March 30, 20223– Projects are reviewed and selected by committee
- April 2023 – Mini grant awards are announced and grant agreements mailed
- May 1, 2023 – Project start date (only if agreements are signed and returned to D&L)
- November 30, 2024 – Project completion and closeout

*All potential applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or schedule a separate meeting with Brit Kondravy 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, or be guided as to how or where to best apply.

Projects should be single-year projects with a secure 50% or greater match. All mini grants must be matched with cash and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) contributions at a minimum ratio of 1:1.

The Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program.

Each applicant is limited to a maximum of two project applications per grant round. Applicants with multiple project ideas are encouraged to contact Brit Kondravy 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.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


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
- May 1, 2023 – Project start date (only if agreements are signed and returned to D&L)
- November 30, 2024 – Project completion and closeout

Projects should be single-year projects.

Contact Information
For information and to apply online:

To discuss project ideas or answer questions, please contact:
Brit Kondravy
D&L Conservation Coordinator/Lehigh Valley Greenways Co-Lead
610-923-3548 ext. 225

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