Applications for State Grants Available for Recreation, Conservation Projects Now Being Accepted by DCNR

January 21, 2024

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects in communities across Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to open up the Community Co​nservation Partnerships Program grants for 2024 and look forward to reviewing worthy applications from across the Commonwealth,” Dunn said. “These grants are key to achieving the Shapiro administration’s goal of investing in public health, safety, and wellness for all Pennsylvanians through the outdoors and critical conservation projects.”

Last year, the city of Warren was awarded two grants, one for $50,000 toward rehabilitation work at Betts Park including renovations,  construction of walkways, installation of utilities, access for those with disabilities and landscaping.

The other provided $147,600 toward acquisition of property for riverfront development of a trail and parking along the Allegheny River.

The 2024 Community Conservation Partnerships Program grant application round opened this week and will remain active until 4:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 3.

Last year, the program awarded more than $52 million to more than 225 local and community projects statewide.

Those awards will help build or renovate more than 80 local parks, 23 miles of trails, and permanently protect 6,000 acres of land for public recreation.

Eligible applicants include local governments and recreation and conservation non-profit organizations. The grants fund:

  • Park and recreation rehabilitation and new development
  • Recreation and conservation planning
  • Trail planning and construction
  • Land acquisition and conservation
  • River access and conservation
  • Community and riparian tree planting
  • Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

Grant applications are only accepted through DCNR’s Grants Customer Service Portal.

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