Growing Greener Plus Grants: Growing Greener

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $1,500,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 22, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 13, 2019 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Pennsylvania: Adams County, Bedford County, Berks County, Blair County, Bradford County, Cambria County, Cameron County, Centre County, Chester County, Clearfield County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Elk County, Erie County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Greene County, Huntingdon County, Indiana County, Jefferson County, Juniata County, Lackawanna County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Luzerne County, Lycoming County, McKean County, Mercer County, Mifflin County, Montgomery County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Philadelphia County, Potter County, Schuylkill County, Snyder County, Somerset County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Tioga County, Union County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, York County Other eligible locations: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

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Overview:

Note: Applicants must contact the appropriate DEP staff prior to preparing a grant application. Regional Watershed Managers should be contacted for Growing Greener projects. Deadline to Contact appropriate DEP personnel identified in the DEP contacts document is the "pre-proposal" deadline above. 

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. 

Growing Greener Grants

The Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act, commonly known as Growing Greener, was passed into law in December 1999. The statutory authority for these grants is found in Section 6105(b) of the Environmental Stewardship and Watershed Protection Act (27 Pa. C.S. 6101 et seq.). The primary purpose of this program is to restore impaired waters or protect degrading waters within the Commonwealth. 

The Growing Greener program will be providing an increased emphasis on supporting project implementation within the Chesapeake Bay (Bay) watershed, with projects within the Bay watershed having a specific focus to address pollutant loadings of critical importance to the Bay. The eligibility criteria for the Growing Greener Grants is broken into two sections, one dealing with project proposals within the Bay watershed, and one dealing with project proposals outside of the Bay watershed. 

Technical guidance is available to assist applicants in developing riparian forest buffer projects. 

Projects Within the Bay Watershed

Project support within the Bay will be focused solely on those activities that meet the following specific eligibility criteria: 

  • Projects that address nonpoint source pollution loadings coming from agricultural, stream degradation, and urban runoff. 
  • Projects implementing any of the following Best Management Practices (BMPs):
    • Riparian Forest Buffers
    • Streambank Stabilization
    • Streamside Exclusionary Fencing Systems
    • Wetland Creation/Restoration/Enhancement
    • Erosion and Nutrient Control Practices on Cropland, Hayland and Pastureland
    • Heavy Use Area Protection
    • Animal Waste Storage Systems
    • Manure Treatment Systems That Address Local or Regional Nutrient Excess
    • Urban/Residential Stormwater Reduction/Infiltration/Utilization
  • Projects that provide for the collection and reporting of comprehensive BMP tracking and verification data, where the information meets the necessary criteria allowing it to be accepted for inclusion in the Bay model. 
  • The Department has developed two Special Watershed Initiatives to further support its efforts on protecting and improving water quality. These Special Program Initiatives are the Healthy Waters Initiative and the Renaissance Initiative. See more info here
  •  In addition to projects addressing an individual site for improvement, the Department will accept projects funding regional initiatives to enhance local watershed restoration and protection over a wider area where the project demonstrates the need for such a project and the ability of the applicant to administer the program successfully.

Projects meeting the criteria outlined above and expected to provide a significant pollutant load reduction (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Sediment) in a cost effective way, will receive preference for funding within the Chesapeake Bay. 

Projects Outside the Bay watershed:

The Department has established Growing Greener Priorities for Watershed Protection Grants Outside of the Bay Watershed to further define the types of projects most relevant to funding outside the Bay watershed using Growing Greener monies. Projects addressing these identified priorities will receive preference for funding. 

Project support for activities outside the Bay watershed must meet the following eligibility criteria, with preference given to those projects meeting the prioritization criteria outlined in the document titled Growing Greener Priorities for Watershed Protection Grants Outside the Bay Watershed:

  • Projects that will improve water quality on impaired watersheds including those polluted by agricultural, urban runoff, stream degradation, and Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD). 
  • Projects in non-impaired watersheds, where the watershed is threatened to become impaired due to nonpoint sources. 
  • Projects in Special Protection watersheds, where the watershed is threatened to become impaired.

The Department has two identified Special Watershed Initiatives to further support its efforts on protecting and improving water quality. These Special Program Initiatives are the Healthy Waters Initiative and the Renaissance Initiative. See more info here

In addition to projects addressing an individual site for improvement, the Department will accept projects funding regional or statewide initiatives to enhance local watershed restoration and protection over a wider area where the project demonstrates the need for such a project and the ability of the applicant to administer the program successfully. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants must meet one of the following criteria or obtain a sponsor that meets one of the following criteria:
    • Incorporated Watershed Association
    • County or Municipality
    • County Conservation District
    • Council of Governments
    • Other authorized organization that is one of the following:
      • A tax exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations. If an applicant/sponsor is claiming an exemption from registering with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the applicant/sponsor must provide proof of such exemption with the application. Conservation Commissions or Foundations created by State or Federal legislation or action are exempt from the incorporation requirement.
      • an Educational Institution
      • a Municipal Authority
  • For Growing Greener projects, a 15 percent match of the grant request is required.

Preferences:

  • Preference will be given to applicants proposing projects that address the Commonwealth Investment Criteria that increase job opportunities and foster sustainable businesses. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants proposing projects in designated environmental justice communities.
  • Preference will be given to projects proposed in approved Act 47 financially distressed municipalities.

Ineligibility:

  • Applications submitted by ineligible applicants or ineligible sponsors (in the event a sponsor is identified) will not be considered.