State has funding for recreation, parks

Organizations searching for funding to make recreation and park projects a reality may qualify for some help from the state.

Applications for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) 2013 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) are currently being accepted.

According to the DCNR C2P2 program grants are available to communities, land conservancies and non-profits to fund planning, acquisition and development of projects including:

Recreation, park and conservation facilities

Watersheds, rivers, corridors and resources

Greenways and trails

Heritage area and facilities

Critical habitat, natural areas and open spaces

The grants aren’t just available for conservation though. The C2P2 program works with other state programs for community develop efforts. The DCNR C2P2 program guidelines for 2013 list rehabilitation of community athletic fields, building safe playgrounds and preserving historic resources amongst the possible uses of grant funding.

“The C2P2 grant program provides the opportunity for significant investments in local projects through building on the natural and recreational resources we have in the region,” State Senator Joe Scarnati said. “Our community has seen the benefits of this program in the past and I would encourage municipalities and organizations throughout our region to consider applying this year.”

The C2P2 program is funded through a number of sources including:

The Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

The Environmental Stewardship Fund

The Growing Greener Bond Fund

The Snowmobile and ATV Fund

The Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program

The Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund

Grants are awarded through subsidiary program and most projects will require some sort of matching funds DCNR program information notes. Applicants are advised to research the particular grant program they are applying for prior to filling out an application.

In an effort to inform potential applicants, DCNR will be holding workshops across the state on C2P2 grants. In the Northwest District, which includes Warren County, on Feb. 27, at Clarion University’s James Gemmell Student Complex from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. For applicants who cannot attend, DCNR will also be holding a webinar on Mar. 6 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Both workshops require each attendant to register by contacting Linda Manning at linmanning@pa.gov or by phone at 1-717-783-4736.

Online grant applications and additional program information are available at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us., by clicking on the “DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2)” link.