Yaw Announces Opening of DCNR Grant Program

Community Conservation Partnerships Program Applications to be Accepted Beginning January 15th

HARRISBURG – State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union) today encouraged municipalities, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible agencies within his Senate District to apply for state recreation and conservation grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).

The C2P2 program provides financial and technical assistance for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.  The program also seeks applications that implement Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and DCNR’s strategic plan.  Funding includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and federal funding sources.

“Last December, almost $1.4 million in C2P2 funding was awarded in my senate district alone,” Yaw said.  “I strongly encourage eligible applicants to apply for this funding as a way to improve and preserve our local recreational areas and further ensure that future generations have the opportunity to experience and enjoy their appeal.”

Pre-application workshops and webinars will be held across the state in February to assist applicants with submitting proposals.  Applicants can sign up at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar, or contact Yaw’s office for information and assistance.

Yaw added that over the past 20 years the C2P2 program has funded over 4,000 projects that have helped, plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, trails, and conserved critical conservation areas and watersheds; supported education and training on conservation and recreation topics; and built conservation, heritage, and recreation partnerships.

Applications will be accepted beginning January 15th through April 16th, 2014.

CONTACT:

Rita Zielonis
717-787-3280

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