DCNR State and Regional Partnerships' Grants

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)

Grant amount: Up to US $300,000

Anticipated deadline: Apr 11, 2019 1:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Partnerships projects are collaborative statewide or regional initiatives that help build local, county, regional and statewide capacity to better develop and manage recreation and park facilities and to promote the conservation of natural and heritage resources through plan implementation, education and training.

Statewide and regional partners may apply for grant funding to assist in advancing these and other plans and programs: 

Project Types

Read complete information here.

Convening, Education, and Training Projects 

Projects that develop, promote, and/or conduct training or education programs; prepare and distribute technical assistance or educational materials, brochures or videos and/or otherwise provide for the training and education of professionals and/or the general public on a local, county, regional or statewide basis. These projects address issues related to plan implementation, capacity building, training or education programs related to natural resource and community conservation, land and open space preservation, greenways, trails and recreation and parks.

Example of these types of projects include: Advancing awareness of rivers, greenways, trails, recreation and/or conservation issues through educational conferences, workshops, materials, publications, sojourns and websites.

Special Purpose Planning Projects 

Special Purpose Planning is a comprehensive planning process that will define a long-range (5-10 year) plan of action to organize, implement, manage and market natural resource and community conservation, heritage resources, land and open space preservation, greenways, trails, recreation and parks, or cultural preservation.

Special Purpose Study is a more concentrated study or plan necessary to implement one or more of the recommendations of a previously completed planning study. These projects will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

The Bureau requires that project consultants are selected using a competitive request for proposal (RFP) process.

Examples of special purpose studies would be management action plans, economic assessments, marketing plans, specialized inventories, preservation and interpretive plans, as well as, special feasibility studies.

Implementation Projects 

Implementation projects are non-planning projects that implement recommendations of previously completed special purpose plans or studies. Examples of implementation projects include the construction of interpretive/educational exhibits, programs, signage and materials, as well as, promotional/marketing products.

The Bureau requires an open and competitive process for the award of all subcontracts.

Mini-Grants Projects 

Statewide and regional partners may request mini-grant funding to develop small grant programs that will implement multiple projects through their local partners. These projects should advance priorities identified through previous completed plans. The request can include a combination of project types eligible for funding under the Statewide and Regional category.

A 50/50 match requirement applies to all projects funded. Any other proposed match amount will require written justification for review and consideration by DCNR. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Municipalities, municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts and appropriate/authorized organizations are all eligible applicants.
    • Appropriate/Authorized organizations must be both tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and registered with the PA Dept. of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
  • A 50/50 match requirement applies to all projects funded listed under Overview.
  • Eligible Activities
    • Contracted/Professional Services – These include costs provided under contract/professional service agreement with the grantee to perform all or part of the official scope of work.
    • In-House Professional Services - These include the grantee’s paid staff for services and labor to perform all or part of the official scope of work. 
    • Volunteer Services – These include non-skilled services, which are not paid for by the applicant/grantee to perform all or part of the official scope of work.
    • Donated Professional Services - These include services provided at no cost to the grantee by individuals possessing specialized skills or expert knowledge to perform all or part of the official scope of work.
    • Other Project Cash Costs and Donations – These include miscellaneous costs and donations associated with performing all or part of the official scope of work.
      • Mini-grant funds are cash costs. All mini-grant match is donated value.
    • The value of Equipment Use will be equal to the established hourly rate that the  applicant/grantee normally charges for this use, as documented on an invoice.
    • Costs related to an independent project audit, if required by the Bureau. These costs may be considered eligible even if the audit is performed after the grant agreement period, as specified in the grant terms and conditions.
    • Mini-grant activities must be consistent with the “Mini-Grant Management and Process Standard Operating Procedures” to be considered eligible.
    • Meeting and conference costs associated with the completion of the scope of work are allowable.
    • More information on eligible activities can be found here.


  • All applicants are strongly encouraged to show a minimum 20% secured match. 


  • Ineligible Activities, Costs and Match:
    • Costs related to the preparation of the grant application.
    • Costs for projects located outside of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
    • Costs of conducting fundraising activities.
    • Costs for lobbying activities.
    • Costs of food, drink, gifts and or other hospitality items related to the general promotion of the grantee organization or not related to overnight travel expenses. 
    • Costs determined by the Bureau, to be in violation of the Grant Terms and Conditions.