Funding is always a challenge, but partnership can open new doors and open opportunities to leverage funding.

Some collaborations to consider include:

WREN Grant Funding – 2015 Round is Open!


Proposals are due March 20,  2015. Project activities for the WREN 2015 round will take place 7/1/2015 – 6/30/16  WREN Grants are subject to funding availability to LWVPA-CEF from state and federal sources.

Download 2015 WREN Grant Flyer here

Learn more about WREN Grants

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN), a project of League of Women Voters of PA Citizen Education Fund, invites grant applications for local projects that will form or strengthen a community coalition during 2015 – 2016 to raise awareness and educate citizens about ways to prevent pollution and keep drinking water resources clean and healthy in Pennsylvania. We look for projects that will engage local government officials and departments, water systems and adult audiences in grass roots efforts.


There are two separate WREN grant programs, a Watershed Education Grant track and a Source Water Protection Collaborative track.  The Source Water Protection Collaborative Track is currently OPEN and accepting grant applications.

The purpose of WREN’s Source Water Protection Program to raise awareness about threats to Pennsylvania’s drinking water supplies and to encourage solutions to those problems. If you are seeking to reduce pollution in any Pennsylvania water body that connects to a faucet, then this grant may be for you.

WREN invites Source Water Protection Education grant proposal projects from water utilities and their partners. We are looking for projects that seek to prevent pollution before it starts, to protect natural areas surrounding water supplies, and educate citizens and officials on steps they can take to protect their drinking water.

Each WREN Grant program has its own application instructions and application forms available at the WREN Website.  For more information, please contact WREN Project Director Julie Kollar, at

As a WREN Project leader, you will make a difference to assure that Pennsylvania families will have clean water for generations to come through nature protection, water-friendly public policy and sustainable development.  Check out the many terrific projects we’ve already funded to get creative ideas. No need to re-invent the wheel. Check out the blog post for information and links.

Please sign up for the WREN newsletter, Water Policy News to stay up to date at the blue box at the upper right side of this page. Click to read previous issues.


PennVEST offers grants and low cost financial assistance for drinking water, sewer, stormwater and green infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Public water systems with DEP-approved Source Water Protection Plans may be eligible to receive additional priority on their applications.

Contact PennVEST by phone at 717-783-6798 or click to Learn More

PA DEP Funding

Growing Greener Watershed Protection and Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Grant Program. Deadline for 2014 proposals was July 11, 2014.  Go to DEP Growing Greener page for more information.

DCNR (Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources)

The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) builds connections between the citizens and the outdoors through recreation enhancement, natural resources conservation and community revitalization efforts. BRC partners with communities and organizations across Pennsylvania to provide technical assistance and financial support for these efforts. Click to learn more about funding and support available from DCNR

Commonwealth Financing Authority

Act 13 of 2012 established the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) to be used to fund statewide initiatives.  Among them is a program helpful for source water protection efforts to establish baseline water quality data on private water supplies using the Baseline Water Quality Data Program (BWQDP). Click to Learn more
There are a variety of water-related CFA funding programs. For more information, click here>> or click on the individual programs below.

Abandoned Mine Drainage Abate and Treatment Program (AMDATP)

Baseline Water Quality Data Program

Flood Mitigation Program (FMP)

Orphan or Abandoned Well Plugging Program

PA Small Water and Sewer Program

Sewage Facilities Program

Watershed Restoration Protection Program

Other Funding

Many Pennsylvania funding programs that would support source water protection efforts are listed in the 2014 “Finding the Green: A Guide to State Funding Opportunities for Conservation, Recreation and Preservation Projects” developed by the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition.

Please note that WREN’s website has changed from the URL listed in this guide. The main WREN website is

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds

The Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, formerly known as the Western Pennsylvania Watershed Program, is a grant-making foundation that invests in efforts to protect healthy, natural streams around the state – and also to clean up pollution and repair damaged wildlife habitat.  Click to learn more.

Coldwater Heritage Partnership Grant Program – Closed.

Application deadline: December 19, 2014

The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) offers a Coldwater Conservation Grants Program. The program provides two grant opportunities, which help to protect and conserve the health of Pennsylvania’s coldwater ecosystems. For more information, contact Samantha Kutskel, Program Director, at (814) 359-5233 or visit the Coldwater Heritage Partnership website at

The two grant opportunities are:

  • Planning Grant- designed to help develop a conservation plan that identifies the values and threats that impact the health of our coldwater ecosystems that have naturally reproducing trout.  The collected information can be used as a catalyst for more comprehensive planning or for development of watershed improvements projects. Planning grants average around $5,000.
  • Implementation Grant- designed to provide funding to projects recommended in a completed conservation plan or report. Potential projects must enhance, conserve or protect the coldwater stream for which the coldwater conservation plan was originally completed.  Implementation grants average around $7,000.

Information at The Coldwater Heritage Partnership (CHP) urges watershed groups, conservation districts, municipalities and local chapters of Trout Unlimited to consider applying.

Pennsylvania American Water Environmental Grants

Pennsylvania American Water has announced applications are now being accepted for the company’s 2015 Environmental Grant Program awards.

Established in 2005, American Water’s Environmental Grant Program offers funds for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies through partnerships.

To qualify, proposed projects must:

  • Address a source water or watershed protection need in the community;
  • Be completed between May 1, 2015 and November 29, 2015;
  • Be a new or innovative program for the community, or serve as a significant expansion to an existing program;
  • Be carried out by a formal or informal partnership between two or more organizations;
  • Provide evidence of sustainability (continued existence after the American Water grant monies are utilized);
  • Be located within one of American Water’s service areas in Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit PA American Water’s Environmental Grant Program webpage and select the ‘Pennsylvania’ bar. The deadline for applying is March 13, 2015.

EPA Funding Information

Updated Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection  - The website provides information on Federal funding sources that may be available to help fund various watershed-related projects. Click here to visit the website >>

Click here for other possible funding resources listed on EPA website >> Other funding sources

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