Encourages Communities to Apply for State Recreation & Conservation Grants
HARRISBURG- Applications are now being accepted for a state grant program
that promotes the rehabilitation and new development of parks and recreation
facilities, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(DCNR) has scheduled workshops and is now accepting applications from
municipalities and non-profit organizations for grants under the 2014 Community
Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2). Applications will be accepted through April 16,
strongly encourage eligible applicants to apply for this funding as a way to
improve and preserve our parks and recreational areas,” Scarnati said.
C2P2 program provides financial and technical assistance for the planning,
acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway
projects. The program also seeks applications
that implement Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and DCNR’s
strategic plan. Funding includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and
Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener
1) and federal funding sources.
“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,” Scarnati stated. “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.”
workshops and webinars will be held across the state in February to assist
applicants with submitting proposals. Applicants can sign up on DCNR’s
website at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
noted that over the past 20 years the C2P2 program
has funded more than 4,000 projects that have helped plan, acquire, and develop
parks, recreation facilities, trails, and conserved critical conservation areas
and watersheds; supported education and training on conservation and recreation
topics; and built conservation, heritage, and recreation partnerships.