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RVE Grants

RVE develops and coordinates grant and loan funding for clients through a myriad of programs offered by local, State, County and Federal agencies. Each year, we work with clients to identify funding opportunities that will help achieve their priorities. Once a program is targeted, we can provide assistance by preparing application materials, developing professional exhibits and submitting applications on behalf of our clients.

RVE obtains grants and loans for projects, such as community planning, transportation, infrastructure development, municipal facilities, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and parks and recreation. Through our extensive experience, we have developed valuable relationships with funding agencies to ensure our staff is aware of the latest funding program updates. We discuss funding programs with key agency staff members to ensure our clients’ projects are provided with the maximum amount of financial assistance available.

We provide high quality engineering and planning consulting services to support our more than 200 clients throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland. Since information on funding sources is often difficult to find and understand, RVE developed and maintains a centralized corporate database to track grant and loan programs that may apply to projects in need of funding. The database ensures key information regarding program eligibility, award amounts, matching requirements and application deadlines is readily available.

 

Featured Grants
RVE Grants List
Farmland Preservation Program:
The SADC provides planning incentive grants to municipalities or counties to help purchase development easements to permanently preserve large blocks of reasonably contiguous farms in project areas they have identified
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR):
Planning assistance grants provide up to 50% ($40,000 max. and municipality must match) of the cost of preparing for development potential transfer purposes: utility service plan; development transfer plan for a master plan; and captical improvement plan.
Green Communities Challenge Grant:
To assist municipalities in developing a Community Forestry Management Plan. This plan helps local government agencies implement urban and community forest projects.
High Energy Cost Grant Program:
Assists energy providers and other eligible entities in lowering energy costs for families and individuals in areas with extremely high per-household costs (275% of the national average or higher).
Water and Wastewater Direct Loans and Grants:
Provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas and towns with a population not greater than 10,000. The funds are for public bodies, non-profits and Indian Tribes.
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants:
Helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.
Solid Waste Management Grants :
Grant to provide technical assistance and training to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites
Combined Heat and Power:
Incentivizes the purchasing and installation of various types of CHP units to qualifying customers – including commercial and multifamily properties
Energy Efficient Products Program::
Energy Efficient Products Program promotes the sale and purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified and other energy efficient products including lighting, appliances and windows.
Municipal/Local Government Energy Audit Program:
This program covers up to 75% of the cost for an energy audit – provided that certain minimum measures are implemented.
NJ Smart Start Buildings Program:
Commercial, industrial, institutional, government, agricultural projects. Eligible categories: new construct/additions, remodeling, renovations, equip replacement. Includes design incentives, tech support/equipment incentives (requires pre-approval).
Solar and Wind Energy Systems Exemption:
Offers a full exemption from the states 7% sales tax for all solar and wind energy equipment.
Alternative Fuel Rebate Program:
Rebate Eligible-Incremental cost of purchasing AFV instead of gas/diesel-powered vehicle or converting vehicle to operate using alternative fuel. Recipients encouraged to join NJ Clean Cities Program.
Urban Enterprise Zone Program:
Participating businesses eligible to receive tax exemptions for building materials, equip, supplies invested in zone. Can receive corp tax benefits/unemploy insurance rebates. Ability to charge customers half current sales tax on most in-store perch.
Sharing Available Resources Efficiently:
To offset costs incurred for pursuit of sharing services. Grant assistance is available for feasibility studies, implementation and transitional costs and county-wide coordination efforts of new shared services.
Main Street NJ:
Comprehensive revitalization program that promotes historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts. Encourages/supports revitalization of downtowns through NJ.
Recreational Activities for Individuals with Disabilities 2013:
To assist local govts with grant funding to: commence/expand rec/leisure services; improve status of persons w/disabilities as members of society; promote least restrictive environ in providing rec/leisure services for persons with disabilities.
Special Improvement District Challenge Grants:
Dollar for Dollar matching grants up to $10,000 from DCA to support the technical and professional services needed to establish a Special Improvements District of SID
Smart Future Planning Grants:
Funds planning initiatives to meet SG objectives-more livable and sustainable communities. Encourage props consistent w/established state/regional planning precepts, multiple muni/co partnerships to address issues that transcend local muni boundaries.
Volunteer Emergency Service Organization Loan:
To assist full and partial volunteer fire companies, first aid, and rescue squads to purchase new equipment, vehicles, etc. and construction of facilities. This is not a grant, but a loan, and is to be repaid annually in equal amounts at 2% interest per year. Loans can also be used to refinance existing loans that were taken out for same purpose. Loans under $10,00 must be repaid over a 5-year period, and over $10,000 over 10 years.
Urban and Municipal Redevelopment Funding – URBAN:
Resources to spur econ redevelop/self-sufficiency in Urban Areas. Lower borrowing costs and bridging finance caps for munis, developers/bus and community groups, assists in projects-infra develop, utilities, demo, brownfields, landscape amenities, etc.
Urban and Municipal Redevelopment Funding – MUNICIPAL:
Combine innovative financing approaches/real estate develop expertise to assist NJ muni at various stages of redevelopment process. Provide low interest financing/incentive grants/tax structures/loans/grants to make redevelop project more affordable.
Revenue Allocation Districts:
Municipality may designate a Revenue Allocation District up to 15% of total taxable property in community within an established Redevelopment Area. It may designate EDA to act on its behalf as redeveloped and district agent for redevelopment projects.
Green Communities Grant:
Communities that need assist w/Community Forestry Mgmt Plan (CFMP) are eligible. Offered every year for municipalities and counties. Grants are up to $3,000 with a 100% match; can be made of in-kind and volunteer hours at Federal volunteer rate.
Community Stewardship Incentive Program (CSIP) Grant / New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry Program (NJUCF) Stewardship Grant:
CSIP grant provides municipalities or counties with up to $25,000 to assist them in the implementation of forestry goals and objectives as stated in their five-year community forestry management plan.
Green Acres:
For acquisition/development of muni/county land for public rec/conservation. Any muni/county is eligible to apply. Grant/loan limitations vary depending on funds available/total applications received. Projects that meet LEED receive extra points.
Sustainable NJ:
For acquisition/development of muni/county land for public rec/conservation. Any muni/county is eligible to apply. Grant/loan limitations vary depending on funds available/total applications received. Projects that meet LEED receive extra points.
Shore Protection Grants and Loans:
To protect existing development from sea level rise/shoreline migration thru dune creation/maint, beach fill projects and repair of existing shore protection structures. Munis/counties; local cost share 25%. Loans available for 25% local share.
Coastal Blue Acres Grants and Loans:
To acquire storm damaged property for storm protection and recreation/conservation purposes. Eligible to municipalities and counties located in the state’s coastal area. 50% grant/50% loan.
Recreational Trails Program – Planning Dept:
Provides federal assistance for developing, improving and maintaining trails and trail facilities. Trails can be for non-motorized, multi-use and motorized purposes. Maximum grant award is $25,000 for non-motorized projects.
Historic Site Management Grants:
Historic Site Management Grants – eligible properties are historic sites listed or eligible for listing. Grants range from $5,000-$50,000 and may be used in prep of plans/studies needed to improve site stewardship, maintenance and interpretation.
Dam Restoration and Inland Water Projects Loan Program:
Provide assistance to local government units, private lake associations or similar organizations. Approximately $13M is available in loans under the Dam Restoration and Inland Water Projects Loan Program and $27M is available for loans under the Dam Restoration Loan Program
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program:
Provides low-interest loans to finance the costs of infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements and to protect the public health in conformance with the objectives of SDWA.
Clean Water Financing:
The Clean Water Financing Program provides low-cost financial assistance for the construction of projects that protect, maintain and improve water quality.
Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program:
Provides low interest loans for the construction of a variety of water quality protection measures, including water and wastewater facilities, storm water and non-point source management.
Recycling Tonnage Grants:
Grants for the amount of materials documented as being recycled during the previous calendar year. Provide an incentive to communities.
Local Tire Management Program Fund:
Grants used to properly cleanup abandoned tire pile sites. Taxes are collected from sale of new tires. County and municipal governments must submit completed application. Applications are evaluated and awarded competitively based on project need.
Non-point Source Pollution Control and Management Implementation Grants:
Grants awarded on annual basis. Application must be submitted each year and meet criteria as defined in the 319 grant guidelines published for that funding cycle. Approximately $10.4M available
Municipal Finance and Construction Element:
Grants for dry weather overflow elimination and solids/float able reduction projects. Local governments that own/operated combined sewers may submit app for up to 90% of allowable planning/design costs.
New Jersey Pinelands Infrastructure Trust Finance Program:
Funding for infrastructure projects needed to accommodate existing/future needs in 23 designated Pinelands Areas. Funding available for new collection systems, interceptors and expansion/upgrade of wastewater treatment facilities.
Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation Fund:
Loans to municipalities to upgrade or close regulated underground storage tanks.
Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF):
Provides funding (grants and loans) to public and qualifying private entities for the investigation and/or cleanup of a suspected or known discharge of a hazardous substance.
2012 Small Grants Programs – Sustainable Jersey:
Eight grants awarded to local governments for projects like electric vehicle charging stations, school food composting centers and community grants. Municipality must be a registered community.
Bikeways:
Includes addressing bicycle travel needs through the development of bicycle improvements on state and county systems. $1M in FY 2016
Centers of Place:
Assist munis that participated in State Develop/Redevelop Plan or identified by Pinelands. Opportunity for non-traditional transport improvement funds to advance muni growth mgmt objectives as outlined in Planning and Implement Agendas (PIA) of muni.
Local Planning Assistance:
Tech assistance to counties/municipalities that desire to undertake various planning activities for non-motorized modes. Studies undertaken are to be locally driven planning studies and require partnership agreement to commit staff/financial resources.
Local Technical Assistance:
Tech transportation assistance in partnership with local govts, focusing on local systems and facilities under local municipal control including developing local circulation plans, access management plans and Transportation Development Districts.
Municipal Aid :
Funds appropriated for municipalities in each county based on a formula contained in legislation.
Local Aid Infrastructure Fund:
Subject to funding appropriation, a Local Aid Infrastructure Fund is established to address emergencies and regional needs throughout the State. Any county or municipality may apply at any time. These projects are approved at the discretion of the Commissioner. Payment of project costs is the same as the Municipal Aid Program. Under this program a county or municipality may also apply for funding for pedestrian safety and bike way projects.
Park and Rides – Existing:
Provisions for funding assistance and implementation strategies for Park and Ride sites approved by Bureau of Intermodal.
Pedestrian Safety:
Addresses pedestrian travel needs through the development of pedestrian improvements on state and county systems
Safe Routes to School:
Program geared toward enabling and encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS facilitates the planning, development and implementation of projects that improve safety and air quality, as well as reduce traffic and fuel consumption around schools. Projects should be located near K-8 Schools.
National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program (NBIG):
Accepts props to construct, renovate and maintain tie-up facilities for transient, recreational vessels 26 feet or more in length. Grants distributed annually.
Transportation Enhancements:
10% set aside of Surface Transportation Program of Federal funds for transportation enhancement (TE) projects–designed to foster more livable communities, preserve/protect environment and cultural resources and promote alternative modes of transportation.
Municipal Matching Grant:
Equipment Manufacturer provides matching grant for the purchasing of playground equipment for municipalities.
Assistance to Firefighters Grant:
Enhance through financial assistance the safety of the public and firefighters regarding fire and fire-related hazards.
FY 2015 Transportation and Community Development Intitative (TCDI) FY 2015 Transportation and Community Development Intitative (TCDI):
Supports local development and redevelopment. Provides a mechanism for municipalities to undertake locally directed actions to improve their communities, which in turn implements their local and county comprehensive plans.
Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP):
NJDEP provides annual grants for Renewable Energy Resources for Biopower and Energy Storage. Private and public facilities can apply for the grant which is awarded annually.
Safe Streets to Transit:
This program provides funding to counties and municipalities for improving pedestrian access to transit facilities and all nodes of public transportation.
Transportation Alternatives:
The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) was established by Congress in 2012 under MAP-21 and FAST Act in 2015 and is funded through a set-aside of the Federal-aid Highway Program. TAP provides federal funds for community based “non-traditional” projects designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s intermodal system. TAP projects must relate to surface transportation.
Local Safety/High Risk Rural Roads:
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) went into effect on October 1, 2012. This Federal Transportation funding legislation doubled New Jersey’s annual apportionment of Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funds, which is a core Federal-aid program. The goal of the program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-National Highway System and non-State-owned public roads, and roads on tribal lands. The HSIP requires a data-driven, strategic approach to improving highway safety on all public roads that focuses on performance.
Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program:
In general, projects are eligible for CMAQ funding consideration if they are intended to reduce emissions in the region, either through direct means (such as converting to low-emission vehicles) or through indirect means (such as traffic signal improvements that improve vehicle flow and reduce congestion, or outreach programs to promote carpooling). The air quality benefits of projects should be well-supported by recent evidence of their effects on emissions; however, innovative projects without supporting precedent data may also be considered.
Transit Village:
This program will award grants for traditional and non-traditional transportation projects that enhance walking, biking and/or transit ridership within 112 miles of the transit facility. Only New Jersey municipalities that have been designated as Transit Villages by the Commissioner of Transportation and the inter-agency Transit Village Task Force are eligible to apply. The eligible town list can be found at: http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/business/localaid/transitvillagef.shtm
Alternative and Clean Energy Program:
Construction or renovation of a High-Performance Building, equipment installation to improve energy conservation or efficiency, alternative energy production (non-solar), GESA contract modification, planning and feasibility studies.
Wind and Geothermal Incentives Program:
Wind energy production. Loans for geothermal installations.
Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI):
Grant by DVRPC for planning, analysis or design initiatives for projects or program which enhance development or redevelopment and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system. Pre-application meeting on 3/13/2018, must be attended by applicant (not consultant). UPDATE IN PROGRESS
Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP):
Transportation Alternatives (TA) Set-Aside. Grants for community based non-traditional projects including construction, planning and design for trails, sidewalks, pedestrian and bicycle signals, traffic calming, lighting and other safety infrastructure and ADA transportation projects, storm water management from transportation infrastructure, measures to reduce wildlife mortality rates. UPDATE IN PROGRESS
Multimodal Transportation Fund:
Grants for the development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streets cape, lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development
Act 101, Section 904, Recycling Performance Grants:
The PA Bureau of Waste Management offers grant to all PA local governments with recycling programs. The grant awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant’s recycling rate.
William Penn Foundation Grant:
Grants impacting the Delaware River watershed for watershed conservation (loss of forested headwaters, storm water, agricultural run-off and depletion of underground water supplies), the Greater Philadelphia regional trail network, habitat preservation, etc. Application begins with an online account setup and Inquiry form accompanied by 3 years of audited financial statements. Applicants will be notified within 30 days if they are invited to submit a Full Proposal.
Surface Water Matching Planning Grants:
Grants are intended for the planning/preliminary engineering/feasibility analysis of storm water retrofits, green technology practices, stream and wetland restoration projects, small watershed studies, development of master surface water and drainage plans, and other point and non-point source water pollution control projects. The Surface Water Matching Planning Grant is a set aside in the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Non-Federal Administrative Account. The program is designed to assist counties and municipalities to prepare surface water projects for funding through Delaware Water Pollution Control Revolving Loan Fund (WPCRLF). The available funding can be used to assist with surface water planning in general, and for specific project planning and designs necessary to submit a loan application to the WPCRLF for funding consideration.
Wastewater Matching Planning Grants:
Planning, engineering for wastewater improvement projects
Energy Efficiency Investment Fund (EEIF) Program:
Targets improvements to decrease operating costs, reduce energy consumption, and improve environmental performance. Program includes three components: prescriptive (lighting, vending miser, heating, hot water heaters)
Green Light-Go Program:
The Green Light-Go: Pennsylvania’s Municipal Signal Partnership Program (Green Light-Go Program) is designed to improve safety and mobility by reducing congestion and improving efficiency of existing traffic signals on state and local highways. The Program was recently updated [Act 101 of 2016 (Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Green Light-Go Program)] and is a competitive application and reimbursement grant program requiring a 20% match for municipalities, counties, or planning organizations requesting financial assistance for existing traffic signal maintenance and operations activities identified in 75 Pa.C.S. § 9511(e.1).
Automated Red-Light Enforcement (ARLE) Program:
The ARLE Funding Program is a state-administered competitive grant program established in 2010. It uses net revenue from ARLE-levied fines to fund highway safety projects statewide.
Community Water Quality Improvement Grants:
The program is designed to assist any non‐profit organization, conservation district, community organization, and/or homeowner’s association with implementing projects or programs within Delaware’s developed landscape to improve water quality in designated impaired watersheds consistent with specific plans developed for watershed improvements.
PA Small Water and Sewer Program:
Grants for small water and sewer infrastructure projects.
PA Solar Energy Program:
Provides financial assistance in the form of grant and loan funds that will be used by eligible applicants to promote the generation and use of solar energy and the manufacture or assembly of solar equipment in the Commonwealth. Funding for fiscal 2019 is dependent on final budget (earliest they could accept applications in July 2019). They may know more in May 2019. Contact at PA DCED is Gregory Walker.
Multimodal Transportation Fund:
Funds may be used for development, rehabilitation and enhancement of transportation assets to existing communities, streets cape, lighting sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, connectivity of transportation assets and transit-oriented development
Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grants:
Funds may be used for construction activities for projects that rehabilitate, restore, or preserve historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grants:
Funds may be used for planning and development activities for projects that rehabilitate, restore, or preserve historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
Keystone Communities: Public Improvement Grants:
Public Improvement Grants are available to assist communities in a variety of development projects to help eliminate decline, provide gap financing for proposed projects, and assist in emergency efforts to recover from natural disasters. Communities recovering from natural disasters will receive priority consideration for funding.
Watershed Restoration and Protection Program:
Act 13 of 2012 establishes the Marcellus Legacy Fund and allocates funds to the Commonwealth Financing Authority (the “Authority”) for watershed restoration and protection projects. The overall goal of the Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP) is to restore, and maintain restored stream reaches impaired by the uncontrolled discharge of non-point source polluted runoff, and ultimately to remove these streams from the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Impaired Waters list. This may be accomplished by the implementation of watershed based Best Management Practices (BMPs) for agriculture, storm water, stream bank and channel restoration, as well as for BMP repair, upgrade or operation and maintenance of existing practices.
Local Share Account: Montgomery County:
The PA Race Horse Development and Gaming Act (Act 2004-71) as amended has established the Pennsylvania Gaming Local Share Account (LSA) program under the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) for the purpose of providing grants and guarantees for projects in Montgomery County relating to water supply and wastewater infrastructure and the acquisition and development of sites in the county. Grants are available for the redevelopment reuse or revitalization of previously developed land development of undeveloped land and projects which construct expand or improve water and wastewater infrastructure related to business development. Planning grants are available to fund redevelopment activities and feasibility studies for those projects. Guarantees are available in accordance with the Tax Increment Financing Act.
Growing Greener Plus Watershed Protection:
The primary purpose of this program is to restore impaired waters or protect degraded waters within the Commonwealth. The eligibility criteria for the Growing Greener Grants is divided into two sections, one dedicated for projects that will occur within the Bay Watershed, and one dedicated for projects located in the Delaware, Ohio and other major basins outside of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Projects within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be prioritized for their ability to address pollutants of critical importance to the Bay restoration effort.
Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant :
The purpose of the grant is to support projects that rehabilitate, restore, or preserve historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. These guidelines address only construction-related activities. Please review the separate guidelines for the Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grants for information pertaining to the preservation projects.
Certified Local Government Grant Program:
This grant is offered by the Pennsylvania State Historical and Museum Commission and is funded by the Federal government through the NPS. Grant money cannot be used for the actual construction but can be used to pay for planning and design costs.
Safe Routes to Transit Program:
This technical assistance program helps municipalities and counties bridge the gap between concept development and implementation. It matches eligible municipalities and counties with DVRPC staff to navigate the process of designing and funding pedestrian and bicycle improvements around rail stations.
Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program in Pennsylvania:
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
Blighted Property Demolition Fund:
Funding is available to local municipal governments for the demolition of Blighted Properties which meet at least three of the 9 stated blight criteria. Property must be located in Delaware County.
Multimodal Transportation Fund:
The program is intended to provide financial assistance to municipalities, councils of governments, businesses, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, rail freight, passenger rail, and ports in order to improve transportation assets that enhance communities, pedestrian safety, and transit revitalization.
Regional Trails Program – Phase 4:
This funding opportunity will provide up to $3 million for projects in the 10-county Regional Trails Program (RTP) territory (the 9-county DVRPC region plus Berks County). The program is capitalized with funding from the William Penn Foundation. In addition, projects located in the 5-county southeastern Pennsylvania region that are awarded design and engineering funds through this program may be eligible for up to $4 million in federal Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside (TASA) funding.
Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP):
Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program projects are primarily economic development projects, authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues or other measures of economic activity. Included are projects with cultural, historic, recreational or civic significance. Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program projects are state-funded projects that cannot obtain primary funding under other state programs. Projects that can normally obtain funding from PENNDOT, PENNVEST, the Department of Community and Economic Development, or other state agencies are generally restricted from participating in the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program. Please see Section 6 for more detail on ineligible projects.
Community Recreation and Conservation Planning:
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. Examples include:
Master Site Development Plan
Swimming Pool Complex Feasibility Study
Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Study
Comprehensive Recreation, Park and Open Space and Greenway Plan
Rivers Conservation Plan
Land Conservation and Stewardship Plan
Combination Projects
Land Acquisition and Conservation:
These projects involve the purchase and/or donation of land for park and recreation areas, greenways, critical habitat areas and/or open space.
Motorized Trails:
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. 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.
Non-Motorized Trails:
Trail projects include the acquisition, planning, development, rehabilitation, or maintenance of designated routes on land or water for non-motorized recreation activities.
Park Rehabilitation and Development:
These projects involve the rehabilitation and development of public parks, recreation facilities, greenways and river conservation projects.
Peer and Circuit Rider:
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.
Riparian Forest Buffer:
The DCNR Riparian Forest Buffer Program provides financial assistance to identify locations in need of riparian forest buffers and to design, establish, and provide short-term maintenance for those buffers. Applicants are encouraged to install Multi-functional Buffer Concept in their proposed project(s).
State and Regional Partnerships:
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.
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile:
All-Terrain Vehicle and Snowmobile projects include the planning, acquisition of land, development, rehabilitation, maintenance, purchase of equipment for maintenance and construction, and development of educational programs related to ATV and/or snowmobile trails and facilities. ONLY ATV or snowmobile trail projects applying for this funding should be submitted in this category. Funding comes from the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. There is no match requirement for this funding; however, applications that provide match funding will be given additional consideration.