HARRISBURG, Jan. 14, 2014 – Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione today said groups interested in continuing the greening of Philadelphia should apply now for a share of the state’s recreation and conservation grants.

The 2014 awards will be made by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

“Many Philadelphians are watching – and enjoying – the city’s transformation into a hiker’s destination as miles and miles of trails twist through the region,” Tartaglione said. “Let’s keep this progress going. Every step we take, every improvement realized adds to a better quality of life.”

This year’s grant applicants are encouraged to work on projects that advance local conservation and recreation and complement the state’s outdoor recreation plan.

Sustainable green park projects, park and recreation rehabilitation and universal access, trails, land conservation, emerging trends (those that connect youth to nature with natural play areas, for example), river conservation, and partnerships designed to promote outdoor recreation and conservation are some of the strategic areas eligible for grants.

The deadline for applications is April 16.

DCNR awarded grants last year to Philadelphia County (under the County Recycling Coordinator Grant Program), $71,300; City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County (under the PA Small Business and Household Pollution Prevention Grant Program), $100,000; City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County (Under the Recycling Performance Grant Program), $1.65 million; and Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia County, $67,000.

For more information on upcoming grant workshops, visit DCNR. Details about Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which is required to be renewed every five years so the commonwealth can continue to receive federal land and water conservation funding, are available here.


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