Wild Resource Conservation Grant Program (WRCP)

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR)

Grant amount: Approximately US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 15, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Pennsylvania

Location of residency: Pennsylvania

Location of citizenship: United States

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR’s) Wild Resource Conservation Program (WRCP) is charged with administering grants from the Wild Resource Conservation Fund (WRCF) and a portion of the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF). WRCF funds include money from the Pennsylvania state income tax check-off, voluntary donations, and purchase of WRCF specialty license plates. ESF funds include money collected from landfill tipping fees. 

Grant Priorities

WRCP is soliciting grant applications in the following categories – surveys, research, and conservation & management. Below are detailed priorities within each of these categories. 


  • Identify and catalog areas of legacy sediment within state parks located in the Piedmont and Ridge and Valley physiographic provinces
  • Perform baseline surveys of aquatic species (fish/macroinvertebrates/mussels) in State Parks
  • Salamander Mussel and Mudpuppy surveys
  • Perform baseline surveys of amphibians & reptiles in State Parks, with an emphasis on seasonal pool inventories.
  • Identify Bat Maternity Sites
  • Goshawk Status Assessment
  • Life history of the Chesapeake Logperch
  • Surveys for Hellbenders in historically occupied streams and data gap areas, including deep water habitats


  • Rare Plant Propagation study
  • Goldenseal and Yellow Lady’s Slipper ecological and social data

Conservation & Management

  • Installing Nano-tag Receiving Stations
  • Rare Plant Recovery Plans

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


  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Counties, municipalities, tax-exempt 501(3) (c) organizations registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations and educational institutions are eligible to receive grants from ESF for projects intended to protect and conserve biological diversity.
    • Conservation Districts and municipal authorities are also eligible for some types of projects funded by ESF.
    • Individuals, state government agencies and for-profit businesses, in addition to the categories above, are eligible for WRCF funds but not ESF funds.
      • The great majority of the funds available through this solicitation are expected to be from ESF. Therefore, applicants are strongly advised to seek a sponsoring organization that is eligible for ESF funding.
      • Note that the full legal name of the sponsoring organization must be used on the application form and for 501(3) (c) organizations must be the same name as is registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations and with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • WRCP grants require a 25% match (i.e. WRCP will fund no more than 75% of a project’s total cost).