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Funding Opportunities

This page includes funding resources for counties implementing a Countywide Action Plan, and individuals interested in installing best management practices (BMP) on their property. This list includes many of the state and federal funding sources available, but interested individuals and counties are not limited to only the funding sources provided in this section for implementing BMPs.

DEP Programs

Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program:
Over $1 million is available to reimburse Pennsylvania farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for developing plans to help improve local water quality.

Growing Greener Program:
$625 million was designated to clean up rivers and streams; protect natural areas, open spaces and working farms; and shore up key programs to improve quality of life and revitalize communities across the commonwealth.

DEP Grants, Loans, and Rebates:
DEP offers 31 grant and rebate programs to support a range of projects to improve or protect the water, land, and air in Pennsylvania.

DEP-External Funding Sources:

Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund:
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund is dedicated to protecting the Bay by helping local communities clean up and restore their polluted rivers and streams.

Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Grant:
The NFWF Innovative Nutrient and sediment Reduction grants program looks for projects to accelerate the rate and scale of water quality improvements specifically through the coordinated and collaborative efforts of sustainable, regional-scale partnerships in implementing proven water quality improvement practices more cost-effectively.

Pennsylvania Local Government Implementation Grants:
The NFWF Pennsylvania Local Government Implementation grant funding is for projects to implement one or more high-priority nutrient and sediment load reduction practices in selected Pennsylvania communities, consistent with Pennsylvania’s Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development:
If you are seeking funding for a business expansion, a community project or site revitalization in Pennsylvania, DCED offers a variety of programs to help.

PennVest:
PENNVEST has been empowered by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority Act (Act 16 of 1988) to administer and finance the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) pursuant to the federal Water Quality Act of 1987, as well as to administer American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) funds. PENNVEST also finances, through the issuance of special obligation revenue bonds, water management, solid waste disposal, sewage treatment and pollution control projects undertaken by or on behalf of private entities.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Funding Opportunities:
NRCS provides funding opportunities for agricultural producers and other landowners through financial assistance, easements, and Conservation Innovation Grants.

Resource Enhancement & Protection (REAP) Program:
Through this program farmers, landowner, and businesses earn tax credits for implementing "Best Management Practices" (BMPs) that will enhance farm production and protect natural resources.