State Grant Application Period Soon Open for Popular Recreation Program

(HARRISBURG) – The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will begin accepting applications for the latest round of grants for community conservation and recreational projects on January 23, 2017, according to state Senator John R. Gordner.

“DCNR has a long history of partnering with local entities to fund and provide technical assistance for conservation and recreational projects,” said Senator Gordner.  “Since this program’s inception, nearly 7,000 projects have been aided.  This includes parks, trails, conservation areas and watersheds.”

In 2017, DCNR will again focus on grant awards that meet the priorities laid out in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

“The priorities for this year include rehabilitation of trails and community parks, land conservation projects and improved access to Pennsylvania waterways,” said Senator Gordner.

The application period will remain open until April 12, 2017. Grants will be funded through a variety of sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation staff is available to assist in helping applicants develop and submit a competitive grant application.  Staff contact information can be found on the regional office tab at:

Information on the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan may be found at

Grant applications are available at


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