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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-122



Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants; Grant Workshops Scheduled

[44 Pa.B. 330]
[Saturday, January 18, 2014]

 The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Department) announces the 2014 open application period for the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (Bureau). The open application period opened January 15, 2014, and will end at 4 p.m. on April 16, 2014. Depending on the funding source, eligible applicants include Commonwealth municipalities and appropriate nonprofit organizations.

 Applications must be submitted electronically through the Environmental eGrants System available at No paper, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. All grant information, project guidance documents, program policies and application instructions are available online at For assistance with the Environmental eGrants System, call the Department's Grants Customer Service Center at (800) 326-7734 or e-mail

 Grant assistance from the Department helps communities in this Commonwealth and organizations plan, acquire and develop recreation, park and trail facilities and conserve open space. The Bureau administers the Community Conservation Partnerships Program which combines several State and Federal funding sources including the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund, Environmental Stewardship Fund, Pennsylvania Recreation Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

 In 2014, the Department grant program will focus on making grant awards that advance local recreation and conservation priorities and implement the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Specific priorities include: sustainable and green park development and planning; major park and recreation rehabilitation projects that modernize facilities and bring them into compliance with the current standards for safety, ADA and the Universal Construction Code; trail projects that close gaps in major Statewide greenways and regionally significant trails and planning to help communities become bicycle and pedestrian friendly; land conservation to protect critical habitat, forested watersheds, wetlands, and riparian corridors and lands that conserve connectors between public lands or conserve urban green space; Rivers Conservation projects that enhance water trails, improve public access or increase awareness of this Commonwealth's rivers, or both; emerging trends including connecting youth to nature, community parks that feature green amenities such as gardens, off-leash dog parks, splash/spray parks, skate parks, and the like; and Statewide and regional partnerships that build capacity to promote outdoor recreation and conservation of natural and heritage resources.

 During February six free grants workshops are scheduled at the following locations across this Commonwealth, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. focusing on how to develop a competitive and ready to go project and changes to the 2014 Community Conservation Partnerships Grants Program:

 February 5, 2014—Camp Hill Borough Building: Prosser Hall, Camp Hill

 February 6, 2014—Montgomery County Public Safety Training Campus: Fire Academy, Conshohocken

 February 19, 2014—Luzerne County Community College, Education Conference Center, Nanticoke

 February 20, 2014—Pennsylvania Military Museum, Boalsburg

 February 25, 2014—Pine Township Recreation Center, Wexford

 February 26, 2014—Clarion Holiday Inn, Clarion

 In addition, the Department will host a webinar on the Grant Program on March 5, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

 To register for these workshops and webinar, go to

 Persons with a disability who wish to submit an application and require assistance should contact Darrel Siesholtz at (717) 787-7672 to discuss how the Department may best accommodate their needs. Voice/TTY users should call (800) 654-5984.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-122. Filed for public inspection January 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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