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Federal Grant Programs

EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds has a funding portal with links to many different types and sources of funding. This website should be a first step in seeking any federal funding for many different types of watershed-related grants. A few of the many specific grant programs are listed below.

 

NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. Priority projects vary by state, but may include riparian buffer restoration, stream fencing in agricultural areas, wetland enhancement, and fish habitat restoration. Applications are accepted on a continual basis at local NRCS and County Conservation District offices. For more information, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/.

Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program

The Clean Water Act was amended by the U.S. Congress in 1987 to incorporate the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. The 319 Program authorizes States, Territories and Indian Tribes to allocate grant monies to government entities, nonprofit organizations and universities for specific programs that reduce nonpoint source pollution. Projects must address one or more of the following objectives: developing standards, water and watershed assessment, coordinated watershed planning, environmental education, demonstration projects, technical assistance, financial assistance, stewardship, watershed enhancement projects, and enforcement of standards or regulations. All projects are required to include a monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of the project. Eligible projects must take place within the watershed of a waterbody that is listed as impaired due in some part to nonpoint source pollution. For more information check out the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds website at http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/funding.html.  
F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com.

Trout Unlimited Embrace-A-Stream

Embrace-A-Stream (EAS) is the flagship grant program for funding Trout Unlimited grassroots fishery conservation efforts. Administered by its national office, Trout Unlimited annually raises money for EAS from TU members, corporate partners and foundations to distribute as small grants to fund local TU projects. The goal of EAS is to conserve coldwater fisheries through four types of projects: resource, research, education and "Strengthening TU" (capacity-building). While each project type has a different focus, all incorporate fund-raising, volunteer participation and technical support.  http://www.tu.org/site/c.kkLRJ7MSKtH/b.3198137/k.9DD6/EmbraceAStream.htm 

Wastewater Treatment Grants

One of the most difficult aspects of developing, expanding or upgrading a community wastewater treatment facility is securing funding for the project. Especially if yours is a small or rural town, the local taxpayers are unlikely to provide enough resources to foot the bill. Fewer experts are available in rural areas to provide assistance, even when the changes are absolutely necessary. Fortunately help is available. The following are examples of federal agencies that provide grants to small communities for wastewater projects, and brief descriptions of each program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several programs to help fund the planning, design and construction of wastewater treatment systems in small communities. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program provides grants to all states and Puerto Rico to capitalize state loan funds to build wastewater facilities. The State then makes low-interest loans available to the community for high-priority water quality management activities such as septic system improvements/replacements and storm water management facilities. Other federal wastewater funding programs are also listed at http://www.epa.gov/owm/cwfinance/index.htm 

The National Small Flows Clearinghouse (NSFC) is a nonprofit agency that helps small communities and individuals solve their wastewater problems to protect public health and the environment. Since small townships may not have the personnel to spend time wading through government forms, and may not have the experience or expertise to write successful grant applications, technical assistance is available from agencies such as the Rural Community Assistance Program. Additionally, F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

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Pennsylvania Grant Programs

Pennsylvania Growing Greener

Growing Greener I and Growing Greener II funds are distributed among four state agencies: the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to administer watershed restoration and protection and abandoned mine projects; the Department of Agriculture (DA) to administer farmland preservation projects; the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for state park renovations and improvements; and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PennVEST) for water and sewer system upgrades. The total dollar commitment to the Growing Greener Program was doubled from $645 million to $1.3 billion and extended through 2012 by a permanent dedication of a new $4/ton municipal waste disposal fee to Growing Greener.

The four agency Growing Greener Grant Programs are described below:

Pennsylvania DEP Growing Greener Grants
(Department of Environmental Protection)

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is authorized to administer nearly $547.7 million in Growing Greener Grant funds. Eligible projects coordinated by this agency include watershed restoration and protection, abandoned mine reclamation and abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects. Watershed projects must entail the organization of a watershed group, watershed assessment, development of a watershed restoration or protection plan, implementation of a watershed restoration or protection plan, or demonstration, environmental education, and outreach projects. Any Pennsylvania county or local governments, authorities, conservation districts, watershed associations and other nonprofit groups may apply. Matching funds are not required but are encouraged.  For an application or more information, visit the DEP website at http://www.depweb.state.pa.us/growinggreener/site/default.asp or call toll-free 1-877-PAGREEN.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

Pennsylvania DCNR Growing Greener Grants
(Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)

The Pennsylvania DCNR The Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) is a combination of several funding sources and grant programs, including Growing Greener. The C2P2 contains the following grant components: Community Recreation, Land Trusts, Rails-to-Trails, Rivers Conservation, Snowmobile/ATV, Heritage Parks, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Recreational Trails. Except for the Heritage Parks grants, all other components have been combined into one annual application cycle (generally late summer/early fall), and use a single application format and process with one grant manual and one set of application forms. Applications selected for federal LWCF funding require some supplemental information to enable submission of the application to the National Park Service (NPS). Generally, all components require a match, usually 50 percent of cash or in-hand contributions. For more information, contact your regional DCNR office or visit the DCNR website at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/brc/grants/.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture Growing Greener Grants
(Department of Agriculture)

Pennsylvania¡¯s Farmland Preservation Program has allocated Growing Greener II funds for the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Easement Purchase Program. The program was developed in 1988 to help slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses. It enables state, county and local governments to purchase conservation easements, also called development rights, from owners of quality farmland. To apply for a farmland preservation grant, contact your local Farmland Preservation County Administrator.

PennVEST Growing Greener Grants
(PA Infrastructure Investment Authority)

PENNVEST provides service to the communities and citizens of Pennsylvania by funding sewer, storm water and drinking water projects throughout the Commonwealth. The regular single PENNVEST application makes your project eligible for consideration for Growing Greener grant funding. http://www.pennvest.state.pa.us/

Water Resources Education Network Grants

The Water Resources Education Network (WREN) accepts proposals on an annual basis for water resources education projects. WREN is a project of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund (LWVPA-CEF).  water resources education projects sponsored by community based partnerships that educate, build awareness, and promote water-sustaining public policies and/or behavior change. Projects should be designed to encourage individual or collective action that will protect and improve local water resources. The two project areas are Source Water Protection and Watershed Protection. LWVPA-CEF invites partnerships of local or regional organizations, such as public drinking water suppliers, local governments (counties, municipalities, and municipal authorities), watershed groups, civic groups, and other public interest organizations to submit an application. For more information, visit http://palwv.org/wren/grants/grants_wren.html 

Stormwater Management Act 167 Program
(PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP))

The Storm Water Management Act (Act 167) was adopted in 1978 in Pennsylvania to help counties implement stormwater management ordinances and regulations. Under the program, counties develop grant agreements with the DEP to cover 75 percent of the cost to prepare a comprehensive stormwater management plan. Once the county and the DEP approve the plan, municipalities within the county adopt ordinances consistent with the plan requiring developers to comply with specific standards when preparing any land development plans.  In addition, low-interest loans are available to government agencies from PENNVEST for construction, improvement or rehabilitation of stormwater systems and installation of best management practices (BMPs) to address point or nonpoint source pollution associated with stormwater.  For more information, contact the DEP at 717-787-5267, or visit their website at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/. For stormwater loans contact PENNVEST at 717-787-8137, or see their website at http://www.pennvest.state.pa.us/.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

PENNVEST On-Lot Funding Program
(PA Infrastructure Investment Authority)

Many people who live in rural areas of Pennsylvania don¡¯t have the option of using a town or regional sewer system to dispose of their waste and must rely on an on-lot septic system. These systems require periodic maintenance and repair, which can be quite costly. However the cost to the environment if the repairs are not done can be equally high, as nonpoint source pollution from leaky septic systems can cause significant damage to rivers, lakes and watersheds. To assist homeowners in addressing their septic system needs, the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has teamed up with the Pennsylvania Housing Authority (PHA) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to provide very low interest loans through the Individual On-Lot Sewage Disposal System Funding Program. These loans are available to all Pennsylvania citizens who have no community wastewater treatment system available and don¡¯t expect to have one in place within the next five years. Some income restrictions apply and the applicants must be able to provide documentation of their financial ability to repay the loan. The maximum loan amount is $25,000, which can be used to cover the rehabilitation, improvement, repair or replacement of an existing system located on a single family, owner-occupied property which is the primary residence of the owner.  To apply, contact PHFA at 1-800-822-1174 for a list of participating lenders. Visit the PENNVEST website at http://www.pennvest.state.pa.us/ for more information.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

Small Business Pollution Prevention Assistance Account
(PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED))

This program offers low-interest loans to small businesses to help them implement energy-efficiency and pollution prevention projects. The program not only benefits the environment, it can also benefit the businesses by reducing energy and raw materials usage, reducing waste disposal costs, and reducing regulatory compliance and liability expenses. Pennsylvania businesses with 100 or fewer employees are eligible for this program. The loan funds can be used to help purchase equipment or make process changes that reduce or reuse materials, or reduce waste and energy consumption. Projects that focus on recycling or pollution control such as the installation of scrubbers or dust collectors do not qualify, but projects such as energy-efficient equipment purchases or packaging reduction do. Businesses may borrow up to 75% of the total eligible project costs, up to $50,000. Loan terms do not exceed seven years.  To apply, download the application form from the Small Business Assistance Program site at http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/airwaste/aq/small_business/small_business.htm  or call DCED at 1-800-379-7448. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

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New Jersey Grants

Loans To Aid New Jersey Conservation

The New Jersey Conservation Loan Program serves as a source of both technical assistance and low-interest bridge financing to non-profit land conservation organizations, thereby providing greater leverage of scarce resources needed to close critical land acquisition projects on a timely basis. Loan funds have been provided by program related investments from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the William Penn Foundation. Conservation Resources Inc is a consultant to the Open Space Institute and helps them administer the New Jersey Conservation Loan Program. http://www.conservationresourcesinc.org/conservationloanprogram.htm 

Environmental Education Grants

PSE&G provides Environmental Education Grants Program open to educators of grades k-5 and 6-9 who teach in PSE&G¡¯s electric or gas service areas.  Grants are available to teachers who can successfully link their students¡¯ understanding of science, mathematics, computer science and/or technology concepts with an enthusiasm and appreciation for the environment. http://www.pseg.com/community/grants.jsp 

New Jersey Nonpoint Source Pollution 319(h) Grants

The New Jersey Statewide Nonpoint Source Program is responsible for administering the federal Section 319(h) Grant Program. Each year, New Jersey publishes a Request for Proposals (RfP) to solicit applications for Section 319(h) funds for eligible projects. The Rf serves as a guidance document that establishes criteria for projects based on federal requirements and state priorities; identifies specific administrative, procedural, and programmatic requirements for applicants; and provides timetables and deadlines for the grant application and related decision-making processes. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watershedmgt/319grant.htm 

If your organization or municipality has ideas for 319 grant funding or questions about the program, we would be happy to assist you in developing a specific project plan or answering your questions. Contact Frank Browne at F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or via e-mail at fxbrowne@fxbrowne.com.

National Estuary Program Grants

New Jersey participates in three National Estuary Programs, Barnegat Bay Estuary Program, Delaware Estuary Program and New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program. Grants are provided to local organizations to conduct projects in the estuaries that will assist in developing and implementing the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watershedmgt/financial_resources.htm 

New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program

The Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (EIFP) provides low-interest loans for the construction of a variety of water quality protection measures, including wastewater treatment facilities and stormwater and nonpoint source management facilities. The projects eligible for financing from the EIFP include wastewater collection and conveyance facilities, combined sewer overflow abatement facilities, rehabilitation of existing sewer systems, pump stations, stormwater basins, sewer maintenance equipment, lake restoration activities, landfill closure facilities (such as capping systems or leachate collection and treatment systems), new landfill facilities (such as double-composite liner systems and leachate collection and treatment systems), salt domes and others. The Financing Program also provides loans for activities such as open space land purchase and conservation, remedial action activities (including brownfields) and well sealing. http://www.state.nj.us/dep/grantandloanprograms/er_eifp.htm  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com if you would like more information.

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides low-interest loans for projects designed to improve drinking water quality and quantity. The program is administered by the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund. New loan funds become available whenever old loans are paid off. Projects include rehabilitating or constructing new water supply infrastructure, developing new water sources, and consolidating water supplies. Both publicly- and privately-owned community water systems are eligible, as well as non-community, non-profit water supply systems such as school districts. To apply, municipalities must request to be placed on a priority list by the DEP. Then a letter of commitment outlining planning, design, funding, and requirements must be submitted. The deadline for applications is March 1 annually, with notification in early September. For more information, contact the NJ DEP at (609) 292-8961, or visit their website at http://www.state.nj.us/dep/watersupply/.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com if you would like more information.

Agriculture Nonpoint Source Grants

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) provides cost-sharing grants to landowners in the permanent or eight-year preservation programs to fund approved soil and water conservation projects. These projects not only protect soil and water resources, but increase productivity and profitability for the farmer. Projects include terrace systems; diversions; water impoundment reservoirs; irrigation systems; sediment retention, erosion or water control systems; drainage systems; animal waste control facilities; and land shaping and grading. The program is administered through the county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. For more information, contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District. Visit the Department of Agriculture¡¯s website at http://www.nj.gov/agriculture/divisions/anr/nrc/conservdistricts.html for local office contact information. 

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New York Grant Programs

Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund, administered by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, provides low- or no-interest loans to municipalities for water protection projects. The revolving nature of the program means that money becomes available for new loans as previous loans are paid off. Loans can be used to pay for the planning, design and construction of various point and nonpoint source protection projects, including wastewater treatment plants, nonpoint source Best Management Practices, salt storage area enclosures, landfill leachate collection and treatment, municipal landfill closure, stormwater management projects, waterbody restoration, and land purchase and conservation easements for water protection.  Both short-term (up to 3 years) and "leveraged" long-term (up to 20 years) loans are available.  All municipalities and public financing authorities within New York are eligible to receive funding. Proposed project sites must be publicly-owned, and the primary purpose of funding must be water quality protection. To apply, contact the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation at (800) 882-9721, or visit their website at http://www.nysefc.org.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund provides low-interest loans for projects designed to improve drinking water quality and quantity. The program is administered by the NYS Department of Health and the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation.  New loan funds become available whenever old loans are paid off. Eligible projects include rehabilitating or constructing new water supply infrastructure, developing new water sources, and consolidating water supplies. Both short-term (up to 3 years) and "leveraged" long-term (up to 20 years) loans are available.  A limited amount of funding exists for financing conservation easements or land purchase for wellhead protection. Both publicly- and privately-owned community water systems are eligible, as well as non-community, non-profit water supply systems such as school districts. To apply, contact the NYS Department of Health at (800) 458-1158, or visit the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation website at http://www.nysefc.org.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act

Under the Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act of 1996, municipalities are eligible to receive grant funding for projects in five program areas: clean water (wastewater treatment improvement, agricultural and nonagricultural nonpoint source, aquatic habitat restoration, flood prevention and pollution prevention projects), safe drinking water (upgrading drinking water facilities in economically distressed areas), solid waste (landfill closure and municipal recycling projects), municipal environmental restoration (cleaning up abandoned industrial sites, or brownfields) and air quality (investments in clean fuels and reduced air emissions). For most programs, state agencies and municipalities are eligible. Deadlines vary depending on the program. For general information, contact the Department of Environmental Conservation Office of the Bond Act at (518) 457-6558, or visit their website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us.  Many different types of projects are eligible for grants under the Bond Act. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

New York State Environmental Protection Fund (EPF)

The NYS Environmental Protection Fund, like the Bond Act, funds multiple grant programs administered by the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) in New York.  Applications for Bond Act funding are automatically considered for EPF funding.  EPF grants can be used to fund projects in areas such as open space preservation, stewardship, farmland protection, agricultural and non-agricultural nonpoint source pollution abatement and control, landfill closure and solid waste management, parks development, historic preservation, waterfront revitalization, and coastal rehabilitation. Eligibility and deadlines for applications vary by program. For more information, contact your NYS DEC regional office, visit the Department of Environmental Conservation website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us or call (518) 457-5400. Many different types of projects are eligible for grants under the Environmental Protection Fund.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21)

Transportation Equity Act funding is derived from federal vehicle fuel taxes and is administered by the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT). The program provides grants to projects that affect federally aided surface highway, transit or facility projects, such as habitat mitigation, stormwater management, installation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) to abate nonpoint source pollution, and greenway, bicycle and pedestrian trail projects. Any regional planning organizations, counties or municipalities are eligible to apply. For more information, visit the DOT¡¯s website at http://www.dot.state.ny.us.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Grants (NYSERDA)

NYSERDA is a public benefit corporation involved with the research and development of energy-efficiency and environmental programs in New York. The organization provides grants to New York State municipalities and public water system owner-operators for projects that develop innovative and energy-efficient technologies related to environmental conservation. Eligible Technology Evaluation and Demonstration projects include water or wastewater treatment processing, water distribution, wastewater collection, sludge or biosolids management, watershed management, air pollution control, energy management, highway pollution control, and agricultural nonpoint source management. Business Development/Technology Transfer projects must involve the development of innovative under-utilized energy-efficient technologies and techniques for water and wastewater treatment.  For Technology Evaluation and demonstration work, at least 25% of the project cost must be met by the host water or wastewater facility or system.  For Business Development/Technology Transfer work at least 50% of the project cost must be met by the proposer or the proposing team partnerships are encouraged.  Applications are due in May and October. For more information, call (518) 862-1090, or visit the NYSERDA website at http://www.nyserda.org.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Preserve New York Grant Program

The Preserve New York Grant Program, funded by the Preservation League of New York State, provides support for cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, and historic landscape reports. Applicants must be a not for profit group with tax exempt status or a unit of local government. Religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program generally provides partial support on a competitive basis. Awards typically range between $3,000 and $15,000. Guidelines are available online at http://www.preservenys.org/funding

New York State Great Lakes Protection Fund (NYGLPF) Small Grants Program

This program provides seed grants for projects that research the quality of the Great Lakes ecosystem and its impact on the health and livelihood of the citizens of New York. The program is administered by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the Great Lakes Research Consortium. The maximum grant amount is $7000, and eligible recipients include cooperatives between academic institutions, local governments, non-profit organizations, school districts and others. Examples of projects include research on the economic, environmental and human health effects of contamination in the Great Lakes, collection and analysis of data on the Great Lakes, research to assess the effectiveness of pollution control policies affecting the Great Lakes, or assessment of the health of the Great Lakes fish, wildlife, waterfowl and other organisms. For more information, contact the Great Lakes Research Consortium at (315) 341-3639, or visit their website at http://www.esf.edu/glrc.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research

The Hudson River Foundation provides grants for scientific and public policy research, and environmental education on issues related to the Hudson River and its watershed. Areas of research may include mitigating the impacts of power-generating plants on migratory fish, Hudson River fisheries management strategies, understanding fish population dynamics, and Hudson River ecosystem studies. Eligible parties include researchers from academic and non-academic institutions, non-profit organizations, for-profit organizations, government entities, and unaffiliated researchers. Pre-proposals are due in early October. For more information call the Hudson River Foundation at (212) 924-8290, or visit their website at http://www.hudsonriver.org.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Lake Champlain Basin Program Grants

The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) is a government-funded cooperative designed to research and implement issues related to the 1996 Lake Champlain Management Plan, Opportunities for Action. Grant areas include reduction of phosphorous in targeted watersheds, prevention and control of persistent toxic contaminants found in Lake Champlain, development and implementation of a comprehensive management plan for nuisance aquatic species, fish and wildlife management, wetlands protection, recreation management, and cultural heritage resource protection. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, municipalities, schools, citizen groups, natural resource or soil and water conservation districts, and private businesses if they are working with one of the above groups. For more information, contact the LCBP at (802) 655-6382, or visit their website at http://www.lcbp.org.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com

Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program

The Clean Water Act was amended by the U.S. Congress in 1987 to incorporate the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. The 319 Program authorizes States, Territories and Indian Tribes to allocate grant monies to government entities, nonprofit organizations and universities for specific programs that reduce nonpoint source pollution. Projects must address one or more of the following objectives: developing standards, water and watershed assessment, coordinated watershed planning, environmental education, demonstration projects, technical assistance, financial assistance, stewardship, watershed enhancement projects, and enforcement of standards or regulations. All projects are required to include a monitoring program to assess the effectiveness of the project. Eligible projects must take place within the watershed of a waterbody that is listed as impaired due in some part to nonpoint source pollution. The maximum grant amount is $112,500, and each project requires a 25% match of non-federal cash or in-kind resources.  For more information, contact the NY DEC at 518-457-7464, or visit their website at http://www.dec.state.ny.us.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (518) 891-1410, or  e-mail info@fxbrowne.com.

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Private Grant Sources

These private funding sources by no means represent all of the opportunities available for environmental education, lake, river, or watershed protection, or restoration projects. Hundreds of grants exist for environmentally-related programs.  F. X. Browne, Inc. has an extensive library of public and private funding sources.  F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted.  Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or e-mail at info@fxbrowne.com

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation is a private foundation that provides grants to non-profit organizations and partnerships in New Jersey. Areas of giving include the Arts, Education, Environment, and Morris County Local Projects. Environment projects support organizations that focus not only on the preservation of open space, but also on regional and municipal planning that enhances urban and suburban life and protects the natural systems on which our health and well-being depend. For more information, contact the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation at (973) 540-8442, or visit their website at http://www.grdodge.org/.  

Victoria Foundation, Inc.

The Victoria Foundation provides grants to non-profit organizations in New Jersey. The current goals of the Foundation's environmental grantmaking stress open space protection, which includes nonprofit land acquisition.  The Foundation also supports groups that monitor and advocate for protected and unprotected open space, water quality, and natural and recreational resources.  Regional and statewide land use planning, particularly the State Plan, are also important emphases. To apply, contact the Victoria Foundation at (201) 783-4450 or visit http://www.victoriafoundation.org/

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Maryland Grants

Linked Deposit Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund

The Linked Deposit mechanism was designed to provide a source of low interest financing to encourage private landowners and water system owners in Maryland to implement capital improvements that will reduce the delivery of nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and provide safe drinking water. The term "Linked" refers to the relationship between the below-market rate of interest investment agreement provided to a participating lender by the Maryland Department of the Environment's (MDE) Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA), and the below-market rate of interest loan that is passed on to the borrower to fund certain water quality and drinking water capital projects. The below-market interest rate loan the borrower receives is "Linked" to the below-market rate of interest investment WQFA makes with a participating lender.

The Water Quality Revolving Loan Fund (WQRLF) provides financial assistance for a wide variety of projects to protect or improve the quality of Maryland's rivers, streams, lakes, the Chesapeake Bay and other water resources. WQRLF assistance is available for:

Point Source Pollution Prevention (Public Entities/Local Governments Only):

Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements/Expansion including State Grant Match for Biological Nutrient  Removal (BNR) Facilities
Sewerage Collection/Conveyance Systems including New/Replacement Sewers
Correction of Excess Sewerage Infiltration/Inflow (I/I) and/or Combined Sewer Overflow
Sludge Handling Facilities at Wastewater Treatment Plants
Landfill Leachate Pretreatment Facilities
Back Wash Facilities at Drinking Water Treatment Plants

Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention Public and Private Entities:

Wellhead Protection (Drinking Water Source)
Landfill Closure
Stream Corridor Restoration/Protection
Hazardous Waste Clean-up (Brownfields)
Shoreline Erosion Control
Agricultural Nutrient Management Plans and Water Soil Conservation Plan

For additional information regarding the State Revolving Fund Loan Programs, please contact Stephen M. Kraus, Director, Water Quality Financing Administration by: Phone: (410) 631-3119, Fax: (410) 631-3968 or E-Mail: skraus@mde.state.md.us, or visit the MDE website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/wqfa/index.html. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com.

Linked Deposit Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund

The Linked Deposit mechanism was designed to provide a source of low interest financing to encourage private landowners and water system owners in Maryland to implement capital improvements that will reduce the delivery of nutrients to the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries and provide safe drinking water. The term "Linked" refers to the relationship between the below-market rate of interest investment agreement provided to a participating lender by the Maryland Department of the Environment's Water Quality Financing Administration (WQFA), and the below-market rate of interest loan that is passed on to the borrower to fund certain water quality and drinking water capital projects. The below-market interest rate loan the borrower receives is "Linked" to the below-market rate of interest investment WQFA makes with a participating lender.

The Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund (DWRLF) provides financial assistance for a wide variety of projects to facilitate compliance with national primary drinking water standards that protect or improve the quality of Maryland's drinking water resources. The federal Safe Drinking Water Act requires that all community water systems demonstrate the managerial, technical, and financial capacity to maintain the system prior receiving a Drinking Water loan. DWRLF Assistance is available for public and private community water systems. Eligible projects include:

Upgrade of Existing Drinking Water Treatment Facilities to Maintain Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act 
Water Storage Facilities (Finished/Treated Water)
Water Transmission/Distribution Line Replacement 
Consolidation of Water Systems to achieve Operational, Managerial and Financial Capacity
Planning, Design and/or Construction phases of above listed eligible Drinking Water Projects

For additional information regarding the State Revolving Fund Loan Programs, please contact Stephen M. Kraus, Director, Water Quality Financing Administration by: Phone: (410) 631-3119, Fax: (410) 631-3968 or E-Mail: skraus@mde.state.md.us, or visit the MDE website at http://www.mde.state.md.us/wqfa/index.html. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com.

Community Parks and Playground Program

The Community Parks and Playgrounds Program, run by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), provides flexible grants to local governments to respond to the unmet need for assistance to rehabilitate, expand or improve existing parks or create new parks, or purchase and install playground equipment in older neighborhoods and intensely developed areas throughout Maryland. Eligible applicants include both counties and municipalities. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to partner with local governments in project sponsorship and implementation. Each local government will be limited to one grant submittal package per round of grant competition. If multiple projects are requested within a submittal package the local jurisdiction must supply a priority listing that indicates their preferred sequence of projects to be funded. Applicants should exhibit a strong commitment to the principles of Smart Growth, such as development of Smart Codes, adoption of in-fill and Smart Neighborhood ordinances or participation in the State Infrastructure Survey. For more information, visit the DNR website at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/grantsandloans/cpp.html. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com.

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants

Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grants are available for up to $50,000 for organizations working on a local level to protect and improve watersheds in the Chesapeake Bay basin, while building citizen-based resource stewardship. Any nonprofit organization or local government from the Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New York, West Virginia, and Delaware portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed is eligible.

The Small Watershed Grants Program is administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the US EPA, the Chesapeake Bay Program, and other sponsors. The goal of the program is to address the water quality and living resource needs of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and to encourage the development and sharing of innovative ideas among the many organizations wishing to be involved in watershed protection activities. To be eligible for consideration, a project must support the development or implementation of local watershed management plans that address the water quality and living resource needs in the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem or promote locally based protection and restoration efforts that complement watershed management strategies. In addition, projects must also address at least one of the priority goals of the Chesapeake Bay Program - to restore, enhance and protect the finfish, shellfish, and other living resources, their habitats and ecological relationships to sustain all fisheries and provide for a balanced ecosystem.

Matching funds are not required for this program. However, contributions of funds, goods or services from project partners that match the grant award are strongly encouraged. Applications are due in April, and are available online at www.nfwf.org/. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com.

Chesapeake Bay Program Grants

The Chesapeake Bay Program awards grants for implementation projects, research, monitoring, and other related activities that reduce and prevent pollution and improve the living resources in the Chesapeake Bay. Eligible applicants include state water pollution control agencies, interstate agencies, and other public and private nonprofit organizations, private agencies, institutions, and individuals for work within portions of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $2,800,000, with the median amount at $300,000. Non-federal sources must provide at least five percent of the total project cost for grants awarded under the Clean Water Act section 117(a) and at least 50 percent of the total project cost for grants awarded under the Clean Water Act section 117(b). Grant proposals are due in the spring of each year; check the website at www.chesapeakebay.net/ for exact application due dates. For more information, visit the website or call the Chesapeake Bay Program at (800) 968-7229. F. X. Browne, Inc. can provide technical assistance to your community or organization in finding funding sources, writing grant applications, and consulting or implementing the project once funding is granted. Contact F. X. Browne, Inc. at (800) 220-2022, or info@fxbrowne.com.

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