Senator Gordner Urges Local Officials to Apply for Conservation and Recreation Grants

(HARRISBURG) – – The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting applications for recreation grants under the popular Community Conservation Partnerships Program, according to State Senator John R. Gordner (R-27).

“Whether it’s rehabilitating a community park, watershed development, or protecting natural areas and open spaces, the program provides an excellent opportunity for local communities to engage in conservation and recreation projects,” said Senator Gordner.

Municipal governments, recreation authorities and conservation groups are eligible for funding under the program.  Applications will be accepted by the Department until April 20, and the Department has scheduled workshops for local officials who are interested in applying for the grants.

Most projects require a 50 percent match, however, Senator Gordner said some smaller communities may qualify for full funding for certain projects.

“Communities with a population of less than 5,000 may qualify for full funding for projects that rehabilitate existing playgrounds to meet safety and accessibility standards,” said Senator Gordner.

Information on the workshops and the Community Conservation Partnerships Program is available from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources atwww.dcnr.state.pa.us or by contacting Senator Gordner’s offices.