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Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini-Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs for
Conservation Projects that Benefit the Residents of Lehigh Valley

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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

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Deadline Date:

05/03/19 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and educational institutions for conservation activities that benefit the residents of the Lehigh Valley. Applicants must attend a pre-application meeting or meet with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to stimulate collaborations and to implement conservation projects and outdoor recreation programs. Projects must be located in the Lehigh Valley region (Lehigh or Northampton County).

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.

The purpose of the program 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, advancing the four goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape:
- Goal 1: Land Conservation and 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.

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.

Grant funds may be used to pay up to $100 a day for either substitute teachers or teacher stipends to enable teachers to participate in Lehigh Valley Greenways grant funded programs. Grant funds may also be used to provide classroom supplies purchased by the grantee to enable teachers to implement new programs, but not to provide cash payments to teachers for these supplies.

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:

- Project start date: July 1, 2019
- Project completion and closeout: July 1, 2020

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 fundraising or membership drives, real estate acquisition or property easements, or projects not entirely related to at least one of the four goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways listed above. Ineligible grant expenditures include (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursable grant funds):
- Reimbursement for any expenses prior to the effective start date listed on the signed agreement
- Staff salaries greater than 50% of the total amount of grant funds requested. Grant funds requested to pay staff benefits and contractual salary/benefits will be included in calculating this 50% cap (does not apply to matching funds, only to reimbursable grant funds).
- Award items, free giveaways, or promotional items (certificates, trophies, plaques, tshirts, hats, magnets, pins, stress balls, stickers)
- 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:

March 6th, 2019 9:00 am-11:00 am: Pre-application meeting at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted in the winter for spring awarding and contracts.

- March 6th, 2019: Pre-application meeting
- March 25th, 2019 – Application period opens
- May 3rd, 2019 at 4:00 pm: Application period closes and online application form is no longer available.
- May and June 2019 – Projects are reviewed and selected by committee
- June 2019 – Mini grant awards are announced and grant agreements mailed
- July 1st, 2019 – Project start date only if agreements are signed and returned to D&L
- July 1st, 2020 – 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 Claire Sadler 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 basisso 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%). Your application MUST include commitment letters from any partner organization(s) that states the agreed upon donation amount or value to be used as match. Lehigh Valley Greenways mini grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded grant projects and DCNR funds may not be used as match for mini grants.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online (after March 25):

Claire Sadler, D&L Director of Trails & Conservation/Lehigh Valley Greenways Co-Lead
610-923-3548, Ext 226

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Northampton and Lehigh Counties