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Schuylkill River Restoration Fund - Land Transaction Assistance Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits and Agencies for Permanent
Land Protection Projects in the Schuylkill River Watershed

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Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area - Schuylkill River Restoration Fund

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Grants of up to $4,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations and units of government for permanent land protection projects, such as full fee acquisitions, conservation easements, and donations in the Schuylkill River watershed. Funding is intended to facilitate and incentivize the protection of high priority lands for water quality and habitat protection in the Schuylkill River watershed.

Transaction costs eligible for reimbursement include (but may not be limited to) land surveys, attorney fees, land protection staff time, consultant fees, the conservation group's appraisal costs, recording fees, title expenses, and stewardship costs.

Eligible Projects

1. Projects must be within and/or including areas identified as high priority lands by the Schuylkill Action Network Watershed Land Protection Collaborative. High priority lands are those with scores of 8-10 on the priority lands composite map.

2. Projects protecting "friction areas" and/or larger areas of priority lands will be given priority over others. See priority lands website for information on "friction areas".

3. Reimbursable transaction expenses must be incurred between 1/1/19 and one year from the date of the signed grant agreement. Project expenses claimed as match must be incurred and paid for by December 31, 2019. Real estate transaction projects completed prior to 1/1/19 are not eligible for this funding round. "Completed" refers to the closing date of the land transaction. Projects settlements must occur within one year of the signed agreement to be eligible for funding. All grantees must provide a copy of a fully signed Purchase and Sale Agreement with the landowner with only due diligence contingencies remaining prior to the release of grant funds.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182838

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is offering matching grants of up to $4,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Reimbursable transaction expenses must be incurred between 1/1/19 and one year from the date of the signed grant agreement. Project expenses claimed as match must be incurred and paid for by December 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants can be awarded to qualified non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) conservation organizations or units of government.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants to this program must use the standard Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Program application. You can get this application form by contacting the Schuylkill River Greenways using the Contact Information below.

All cash, supplies, and in-kind services counted as match must be from non-federal sources (including in-kind time and state funding) and cannot be used as match for other federal funds.

Applications are due to SRG by April 18, 2019 which may be before or after transaction costs are incurred. Applications will be prioritized based primarily on the amount of friction and/or priority lands protected. However, other factors, including the date (or estimated date) of the transaction, the applicant’s history, the level of protection provided/proposed, the amount/type of match, and date, quality, and completeness of the application may also be used to prioritize if applications exceed available funds, with the goal of fulfilling the purpose of the program to the greatest degree possible with successful projects.

Contact Information:

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

Tim Fenchel, Deputy Director

Schuylkill River Heritage Area
140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Schuylkill River watershed