The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and BHE GT&S, a Berkshire Hathaway energy company, are now accepting proposals for the 2024 Watershed Mini Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to watershed groups and organizations across the region.
For 2024, the program will offer funding to watershed groups and organizations in Indiana, Armstrong, Cambria, Clearfield, Jefferson, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Beaver, Bradford, Butler, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Juniata, Lawrence, McKean, Mifflin, Potter, Tioga and Washington counties.
The mini grants can be used to support projects in three areas: water quality monitoring, watershed restoration, and organizational promotion and outreach. Grants of up to $3,500 may be awarded for water quality monitoring and restoration projects. Grants of up to $2,500 may be awarded for promotion and community outreach projects. A cash or non-cash match is preferred, but not required.
The program offers funding for volunteer-based organizations that support a variety of different projects–such as tree plantings, youth education and water quality monitoring–that are vital to sustaining and enhancing local watersheds. Financial support for this program is provided by the generosity of BHE GT&S.
Earlier this year, grants totaling $39,484 were awarded to 15 environmental organizations in nine counties across Pennsylvania as part of the 2023 Watershed Mini Grant Program.
An online application, which includes more details and the grant and proposal guidelines, is available on WPC’s website at WaterLandLife.org/watershed-mini-grant-program. For questions regarding the Watershed Mini Grant Program, or to request an application, please contact WPC’s watershed conservation office at 724-471-7202.
Grant applications must be postmarked by Dec. 18 and mailed to: Kelly Horrell, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 1067 Philadelphia St., Suite 101, Indiana, PA 15701.