PA Growing Greener Grant Program Now Open

5/13/14 – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced today that it is accepting applications for the Growing Greener Grant Program for watershed protection and abandoned mine drainage projects. Local governments, non-profits, schools, municipal authorities and watershed associations are eligible to apply.

Act 13 impact fee revenues are expected to provide more than $7.8 million into the Environmental Stewardship Fund to support the Growing Greener program. Growing Greener is also funded by a series of bond issues and a fee on waste entering landfills. The infusion of impact fee revenues restores funding levels to where they stood before the fund was obligated to pay debt service on the bond issues.

A total of $16 million is available through the Pennsylvania Growing Greener program for projects to improve water quality in impaired waterways or to protect water quality where the watershed may be threatened by non-point sources, such as agricultural or urban runoff or acid mine drainage. Approved projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by Dec. 31, 2018.

The state works with watershed associations and the federal government to list certain priority watersheds in need of restoration, identified through the development of an approved Section 319 Nonpoint Source Watershed Implementation Plan. The federal Water Pollution Control Act will provide $3 million for projects to support restoration of 35 such watersheds across the state. Projects for this section of the grant solicitation must be completed by Sept. 30, 2018.

As part of its innovative and award-winning program to restore abandoned mine sites, DEP also announced $2 million in federal Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act funding for abandoned mine drainage projects. The federal program is funded by a fee on the active mining industry. The state is also accepting applications for projects to reclaim mine sites that have forfeited reclamation bonds.


Growing Greener Grant Applications must be postmarked no later than July 11, 2014 and mailed to the DEP Grant Center at P.O. Box 8776, Harrisburg, PA 17105.  If hand delivered, the package must be received by the Center by 4 p.m. on July 11. Late submissions will not be considered.

For more information and to download a grant application, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the “Growing Greener” button or enter keyword: Growing Greener.

 

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