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Growing Greener Plus: AMD Set-Aside Grants

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Pennsylvania: Allegheny County, Armstrong County, Bedford County, Berks County, Blair County Expand all

Location of residency: Pennsylvania


Growing Greener Plus Program

Growing Greener Plus refers to the four grant programs. The four programs covered are Growing Greener, 319 Nonpoint Source (NPS), Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Bond Forfeiture, and AMD Set-Aside grants. 

AMD Set-Aside Grants

Section 18(j) of the Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act allows the Department to award grants to municipalities, municipal authorities and appropriate nonprofit organizations from the SMCRA Fund. This includes AMD Set-Aside grants.

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for grants under this grant program must be located in Qualified Hydrologic Units (formerly Hydrologic Unit Plans) or in areas where Qualified Hydrologic Units are being developed as defined by the federal SMCRA under the 2006 reauthorization (see the document Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Prioritization Activities and Watersheds (form # 1010-FM-GC0001j) for a map and list of these watersheds).

The primary focus of the grants is abatement of AMD and/or treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction. Grants may also be awarded for treatment system design or operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. Priority will be given to projects that help to meet the goals established for the Qualified Hydrologic Unit.

The selection of projects will closely follow the AMD Set-Aside Guidelines developed in 2015 found in the DEP eLibrary, document number 106321/370-5500-001, particularly with regard to costs versus benefits, treatment system selection, and assurance of long-term (approximately 25 years) operation and maintenance of the treatment facility. Proposed passive treatment systems that would treat discharges that fall under the “high risk” category in Table 1 (Risk Analysis Matrix for Category (4) Passive Treatment Systems) in the Set-Aside Guidelines will not be funded in most circumstances. Assurance of long-term operation and maintenance is acceptable if it identifies a schedule of monitoring and maintenance as well as the responsible party. Relying on future state funding is unacceptable as assurance for routine monitoring and maintenance.

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  • Eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria or obtain a sponsor that meets one of the criteria:
    • County or Municipality
    • County Conservation District
    • Council of Governments
    • Municipal Authority
    • School District
    • Other appropriate incorporated non-profit organization including the following:
      • Incorporated Watershed Association
      • Entity whose mission it is to further the protection, enhancement, conservation or preservation of the Commonwealth’s environmental resources