Growing Greener Plus: Surface Mining Conservation & Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Grants

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Jul 13, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Note: Applicants must contact the appropriate DEP staff prior to preparing a grant application.

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. 

Surface Mining Conservation & Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Grants (Bond Forfeiture)

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

Eligible Projects

Projects eligible for grants under this grant program are limited to the sites that fit the definition of “ABS Legacy Sites” (bond forfeiture sites) in 25 Pa Code §86.1 (mine sites permitted and bonded from July 31, 1982, to August 4, 2001, under the Alternated Bond System (ABS) where bonds have been forfeited).

Applicants must contact the local District Mining Office staff listed on the document titled Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Contact Information (form # 1010-FM-GC0001l) to identify which ABS legacy bond forfeiture sites need remediation work.

The primary focus of the grants is design, construction and/or rehabilitation of treatment facilities on ABS Legacy AMD discharge sites, but grants may also be awarded for ABS bond forfeited land reclamation projects. Projects most likely to significantly address the impacts of AMD discharges in a cost effective way will receive preference for funding.

See details on Letters of Commitment and Insurance Requirements here.

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


  • 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