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, 2014.
“I strongly encourage eligible applicants to apply for this funding as a way to improve and preserve our parks and recreational areas,” Scarnati said.
The 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.”
Pre-application 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.
Scarnati 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.