Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn reminded local governments and recreation and conservation organizations that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects.

Funded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, grants benefit planning, acquisition, and development of:

Public parks

Recreation areas

Motorized and non-motorized trails

River conservation and access

Stream buffers

Open space conservation

Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

The 2020 grant application round closes April 22.

DCNR has scheduled two webinars to help potential applicants:

January 29:

Grants for recreation, Conservation, Trail and Riparian Buffer Projects, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

February 19:

Statewide and Regional Partnership Grant Program for public recreation, conservation, or heritage-area initiatives undertaken across a statewide or regional landscape, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Primary source of grant funding is the Keystone Fund, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018. Since 1993 the Keystone Fund has supported more than 300 trail projects, more than 2,400 community park development projects, and conserved more 117,400 acres throughout the commonwealth.

For more information, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program website.