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DCNR to Offer Free Virtual Workshops for Community Conservation Grant Program


​Harrisburg, PA -- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced free grant workshops in November for those seeking to fund recreation and conservation projects.

“I am hopeful potential applicants take advantage of these free opportunities to learn more about DCNR’s grant process,” Dunn said. “These workshops provide valuable insight into the grant process that can help a borough, township, nonprofit, or watershed group turn their plans into action. We welcome all applications and look forward to building partnerships with those developing recreation and conservation projects across the commonwealth.”

Those interested in applying for recreation and conservation grants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the three scheduled virtual workshops. The workshops run from 9:00 AM to noon and are organized by county to allow for region and project specific responses from DCNR grant managers.

Prospective applicants in eastern Pennsylvania counties should attend on Thursday, November 4. Those in central Pennsylvania counties should attend on Wednesday, November 10. Those in the western Pennsylvania counties should attend on Tuesday, November 16.      

The workshops explain critical details on who can apply, what can be funded, when funding will be available and how to make project applications more competitive. The workshops are especially suited for municipal officials, consultants, board members, trail managers, land trust staff, and park and recreation professionals.

Grant administrators will discuss funding for the following types of projects:

  • Planning, constructing, and renovating outdoor recreation facilities such as parks, pools, and playgrounds
  • Land acquisition 
  • Non-motorized and motorized trail planning and construction
  • River access and riparian forest buffers
  • Statewide and regional partnerships

The workshops are free, but pre-registration is required to ensure participants receive needed materials. Attendance at each workshop is limited to 225 participants. Videos of workshop presentations will be made available on the DCNR YouTube channel for those who cannot attend.

To register for the workshops, visit the DCNR events webpage. Select the date of the workshop you want to attend from the calendar on the right, then find the workshop in the list of events for that day. Click “Register” to begin the registration process. Follow the prompts to complete your registration.

DCNR provides grants to support outdoor recreation and conservation projects and has funded projects in every Pennsylvania county. In 2020, DCNR funded more than 250 projects including parks, playgrounds, trails, nature preserves, boat launches, pools, ballfields, and more. Funding for these projects totaled more than $40 million.

Funding for the grants comes from the state Environmental Stewardship Fund and the Keystone Recreation, Park, and Conservation Fund; as well as the federal Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

MEDIA CONTACT: Wesley Robinson, 717-877-6315

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