Pennsylvania will begin accepting applications for Growing Greener Plus grants beginning May 14, 2018. Over $20 million is available to municipalities and non-profit organizations for projects to improve water quality. Emphasis for awarding grants will be placed on projects in the 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including York, Lancaster, and Adams Counties, that implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment runoff in streams and rivers. Priority will also be given to projects in environmental justice communities, projects that increase job opportunities and foster sustainable businesses, and projects that help regulated stormwater communities meet regulatory requirements.
The application period closes on July 13, 2018.
Last year, more than 100 grants were awarded and ranged in size from $16,500 for a stormwater retention basin to $2.9 for a floodplain restoration project. Funds can be used for a variety of BMPs, including streambank fencing and forest buffer, animal heavy use area protection, and wetland creation or enhancement. Since its inception, the Growing Greener Plus program has played an important role in protecting water resources and assisting communities in meeting regulatory requirements. Interested parties can apply here.