The Bureau of Recreation and Conservation can provide funding and technical assistance to plan, acquire, develop, protect, and restore natural resources.

HARRISBURG, PA, January 22, 2019 – State Sen. Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) today invited Pennsylvania’s nature lovers and conservationists to apply for the latest series of grants being offered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).

The department’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation will be accepting applications now through April 10 for grant funding and technical assistance to help plan, acquire, and develop parks, recreation facilities, and trails. Grants may also be used to benefit critical conservation areas and watersheds, or to support many of the commonwealth’s conservation, recreation, and heritage partners.

“One of the greatest gifts we can present to our children and grandchildren is a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment,” Sen. Tartaglione said. “This is more than a goal. It’s an essential responsibility that we can fulfill by working together as a community with contributions from the public and private sectors; professionals and volunteers; city dwellers, suburbanites, and those who live in Pennsylvania’s vast and beautiful rural counties.”

The Pennsylvania Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan 2014-19 ( identifies outdoor recreation priorities, strategies, and actions for the state. The bureau has identified additional priorities including community parks and recreation, land conservation and watershed protection, watershed restoration and rivers implementation, and trails development and rehabilitation.

Bureau staff is available to help prospective applicants develop competitive applications. Applicants are encouraged to register for either or both of two upcoming webinars on Jan. 30 and Feb. 27 via (follow the “Events” link and search the keyword “grants.”) More information on other grant programs is also available via the DCNR website.

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