Groups Encouraged to Apply for Environmental Grants

DEP taking applications for Watershed Protection and Restoration funds

The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting applications through October 26 for four different watershed protection and restoration grant programs under Growing Greener Plus, according to Senator Elder Vogel.

Counties, municipalities, school districts, municipal authorities, county conservation districts and local organizations that promote local watershed conservation efforts are all eligible for grants, according to Senator Vogel.

“I encourage all local organizations to look into these programs to see which ones can support their efforts to clean up and protect our local creeks, streams and rivers,” Senator Vogel said. “It’s always gratifying to see local municipalities and organizations take advantage of the Growing Greener funding. They are in the best position to work with the state to invest this money in ways that truly improve the quality of life in our communities and protect the environment for future generations.”

The awards are for Watershed Protection grants, Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) grants, Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) Set-Aside grants and Section 319 Nonpoint Source grants.

Applications and more information about the grant programs are available at the Growing Greener website at (DEP Keyword: Growing Greener) or by contacting the DEP Grant Center at (717) 705-5400.

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