Sen. Yaw Urges Municipalities, Local Organizations to Apply for State Recreation, Conservation Grants

Application Period Opens Wed., Jan. 15th

HARRISBURG – Counties, municipalities and municipal agencies, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible organizations interested in applying for conservation, recreation, trail, and riparian buffer grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) may do so beginning January 15th, according to state Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23).

“In 2019, there was nearly $600,000 in Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants awarded throughout Bradford, Lycoming and Union counties,” Sen. Yaw said.  “I strongly encourage eligible applicants in the five-county region I represent 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.”

An application webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 29th, 10AM-11:30AM.  Participants will learn about eligible project activities, funding sources, matching requirements and strategies on how to create a competitive grant application.  To sign up, applicants may visit DCNR’s ‘Calendar of Events’ page on their website,

Yaw added that over the past 20 years, thousands of projects have been funded to help plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, trails, and conserve critical conservation areas and watersheds; support education and training on conservation and recreation topics; and build conservation, heritage, and recreation partnerships.

Applications will be accepted January 15th through April 22nd, 2020.

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key-Community and Key-Land Trust, the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); and the Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA).

For additional information on the grant program, visit  For more state-related news and information, visit Senator Yaw’s website at or on Facebook and Twitter @SenatorGeneYaw.


Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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