COVID-19 Impact on DCNR Grants:
Frequently Asked Questions on Grant Applications and Existing/Open Grants
Welcome to DCNR Grants

The DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) builds connections between the citizens and the outdoors through recreation enhancement, natural resources conservation and community revitalization efforts.

The Grant Process:

1) Log in / Create an account
2) Before you start your application, contact your Regional Advisor
3) Finish and submit your application
4) Relax while we process your grant

If you need additional assistance, feel free to call (1-800-326-7734, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST Monday through Friday) or email us at any time.


Up-coming Grant Opportunities
Grant Program
Open Date(s)
Description
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile
Opens on 02/01/2021 and Closes on 03/31/2021
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile projects include the planning, acquisition of land, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to ATV and/or snowmobile trails and facilities. ONLY ATV or snowmobile projects should be submitted in this category. Funding comes from the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. There is no match requirement for this funding; however, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration. Grant funds available for this round: ATV Management Restricted Account – $600,000 (approximately) Snowmobile Management Restricted Account - $0
Community Recreation and Conservation Planning
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
Planning projects "lay the groundwork" for future land acquisition, development and/or management of parks, recreational facilities, critical habitat, open space, natural areas, greenways, and river/watershed corridors.
Land Acquisition and Conservation
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
These projects involve the purchase and/or donation of land for park and recreation areas, greenways, critical habitat areas and/or open space.
Motorized Trails
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
Pennsylvania Recreational Trails (PRT) motorized projects. PRT motorized projects include the development, rehabilitation or maintenance of designated routes on land for all types of motorized recreation activities. Funding for projects in this category comes from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and DCNR is the designated state agency to administer this federal program in Pennsylvania. ONLY motorized trail projects applying for PRT funding should be submitted in this category. Match requirements are established at a minimum of 20%. DCNR is not accepting applications for equipment purchases at this time.
Non-motorized Trails
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
Trail projects include the acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, or maintenance of designated routes on land or water for non-motorized recreation activities. DCNR is not accepting applications for equipment purchases at this time.
Park Rehabilitation and Development
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
These projects involve the rehabilitation and development of public parks, recreation facilities, greenways and river conservation projects.
Peer and Circuit Rider
Open year round
These grant programs fund projects that help municipalities, counties, multi-municipal partnerships, and council of governments to increase local capacity for recreation, parks and conservation. The Peer program funds projects that, through a collaborative process, focus on a specific need identified by the grantee and its partners. The Circuit Rider program aides in the hiring of a full-time park, recreation or conservation professional whose services are shared by the members of a formal partnership, commission or authority.
Riparian Forest Buffer
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
The DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides financial assistance to identify locations in need of riparian forest buffers and to design, establish, and provide short-term maintenance for those buffers. Applicants are encouraged to install Multifunctional Buffer Concept in their proposed project(s).
State and Regional Partnerships
Opens on 01/19/2021 and Closes on 04/14/2021
Partnerships projects are collaborative statewide or regional initiatives that help build local, county, regional and statewide capacity to better develop and manage recreation and park facilities and to promote the conservation of natural and heritage resources through plan implementation, education and training.