Grant Opportunities
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 Start an application for a grant
3 Finish and submit your application
4 Relax while we process your grant


Assistance With Your Grants Process

If you are unsure on which grant to select, feel free to call (1-800-326-7734, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM EST Monday through Friday) or email us at any time.

If you need additional information please contact your Regional Advisor.


Available Grant Opportunities
Non-motorized Trails
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
Trail projects include the acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, or maintenance of designated routes on land or water for non-motorized recreation activities. This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.

View details of the Non-motorized Trails opportunity
Land Acquisition and Conservation
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
These projects involve the purchase and/or donation of land for park and recreation areas, greenways, critical habitat areas and/or open space.

View details of the Land Acquisition and Conservation opportunity
Park Rehabilitation and Development
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
These projects involve the rehabilitation and development of public parks, recreation facilities, greenways and river conservation projects.

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Community Recreation and Conservation Planning
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
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.

View details of the Community Recreation and Conservation Planning opportunity
State and Regional Partnerships
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
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.

View details of the State and Regional Partnerships opportunity
Riparian Forest Buffer
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
The DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides financial assistance to identify locations in need of riparian forest buffers and to design, establish, monitor, and provide short-term maintenance for those buffers. Applicants are encouraged to include the Multifunctional Buffer Concept in their proposed project.

View details of the Riparian Forest Buffer opportunity
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile Trails
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
Trail projects include the acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, or maintenance of designated routes on land or water for motorized recreation activities. This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance. Funding for projects in this category comes from the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. ONLY ATV or snowmobile trail projects applying for this funding should be submitted in this category. There is no match requirement for this funding; however, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration.

View details of the All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile Trails opportunity
Motorized Trails
The next grant round will open on 01/15/2019 and will close on 04/15/2019
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. This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance. 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%.

View details of the Motorized Trails opportunity
Peer and Circuit Rider
This program is 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.

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