CREP Mini-grant Program for Conservation Districts

This mini-grant program funds up to $2,500 for conservation districts to implement educational and outreach activities that support and extend the work of the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). Projects focus on CREP enrollment, re-enrollment and/or CREP maintenance. Financial and other support for the CREP Outreach Program Office Mini-grant Program is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a Growing Greener Watershed Protection grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and with additional support from USDA-NRCS.

This grant round is currently closed.  The deadline to apply for the 2016-17 round was August 19, 2016. Click here for grant guidelines and templates. 

Manure Management Manual and Chapter 102 Compliance Workshops Mini-grant Program

Each conservation district is eligible for a mini-grant (up to $1,500 initially per conservation district) to hold local Manure Management Manual and/or Agricultural Erosion & Sedimentation Plan workshops. These sessions would assist farmers in understanding requirements and lead to development of a complete manure management plan and/or agricultural erosion & sedimentation plan. Financial support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection through the Chesapeake Bay Implementation Grant, the Clean Water Fund and the Chesapeake Bay Regulatory and Accountability Program (CBRAP).

Click here for template materials. 

Nonpoint Source Pollution Educational Mini-Grant Program

fieldday200The PACD administers the Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Mini-Grant Program. Grants of up to $2,000 are awarded to promote water quality and pollution prevention. With this funding, conservation districts are able to implement educational programs to increase local awareness of water quality issues and encourage citizen participation in activities to improve water quality in local watersheds. Financial and other support for this project is provided by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, Inc. through a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act, administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 The 2016-17 mini-grant application period ended March 8, 2016. 

 Other Resources

Links to other agencies offering conservation education grants:
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Water Resources Education Network

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