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The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) has announced the opening of the 2022 PA Water Trails Mini-Grant cycle.    Grants are available on a competitive basis for projects that implement the PA Water Trail Program’s eight guiding principles:

Partnership • Stewardship • Volunteerism • Education • Conservation

Community Vitality • Diversity • Wellness and Well-being

Proposed projects must advance program goals such as creating recreational opportunities for all Pennsylvanians on Water Trails; developing trails that support sustainable use of natural resources; increasing and improving physical and psychological access to Water Trails; and connecting water trails to land trails or to other culturally significant community assets.

Eligible applicants include registered non-profit organizations and public entities (such as a county, municipality, or municipal agency) and all projects must occur on or for a designated Pennsylvania Water Trail (view map here: https://www.pawatertrails.org/pa-water-trails). Applicants can request up to $5,000 and project proposals must include a 1:1 match (cash or in-kind).

PEC will no longer be accepting applications via email or mail. All applications must be submitted online. Applications and instructions are now available online at: https://pecpa.org/apply

Applications are due by 5:00 PM on May 27, 2022.

Pennsylvania’s 28 water trails link outdoor recreation and water conservation efforts. Since 2008, PEC, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the National Parks Service have worked together to promote and maintain the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program’s network of creeks and rivers. The PA Water Trails Program provides technical assistance, shares education and resources, and facilitates opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning for water trail managers. On average PEC supports between 6 and 10 projects under this program. Over the years project outcomes have included improved way-finding signage and safety messaging, up-to-date water trail maps, new and enhanced physical access sites, streamside habitat improvement, and environmental education and introduction to paddling opportunities for youth and underserved community members.

PEC has administered the PA Water Trail Mini-Grant program since 2017. Mini-grant funding is financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. Therefore, applicants should note that mini-grants may not be used as match for other DCNR-funded projects.

Media contacts:

Tali MacArthur, 570-285-8013, tmacarthur@pecpa.org

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