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Institutions for Environmental Protection and Restoration Projects

Growing Greener Plus Grants Program

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

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06/24/22 5:00 PM


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Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities, counties, watershed associations, conservation districts, nonprofits, and educational institutions for environmental projects that address nonpoint source pollution. Applicants must contact staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects related to waterways, treatment facilities, forfeited land reclamation, and abandoned mine drainage.

Growing Greener Plus refers to three grant programs: Growing Greener (Watershed Restoration and Protection), Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) Bond Forfeiture and Abandoned Mine Drainage (AMD) Set-Aside grants. The purpose of Growing Greener, SMCRA and AMD remediation grants is to address nonpoint source pollution through local, watershed based planning, restoration and protection efforts.

  • Growing Greener: The purpose is to restore Pennsylvania’s impaired waters and protect waterways from nonpoint source pollution. For further details, see page 9 of Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.
  • Surface Mining Conservation and Reclamation Act Grants (Bond Forfeiture and AMD Set-Aside): The primary focus of these grant categories is the design, construction and/or rehabilitation of treatment facilities on ABS Legacy AMD discharge sites, but grants may also be awarded for ABS bond forfeited land reclamation projects. Projects most likely to significantly address the impacts of AMD discharges in a cost-effective way will receive preference for funding.
  • SMCRA (Bond Forfeiture) Grants: Projects eligible for grants under this grant program are limited to the sites that fit the definition of “ABS Legacy Sites” (i.e., bond forfeiture sites) in 25 Pa. Code § 86.1 (i.e., mine sites, permitted and bonded from July 31, 1982, to August 4, 2001, under the ABS where bonds have been forfeited). Applicants must contact the local DEP district mining office staff (see page 34 for contact information) to identify which ABS legacy bond forfeiture sites need remediation. 
  • AMD Set-Aside Grants: Projects eligible for grants under this grant program must be located in watersheds covered by a Qualified Hydrologic Unit Plan (QHUP, formerly Hydrologic Unit Plan) or in areas where a QHUP is being developed as defined by the federal SMCRA under the 2006 reauthorization ( The primary focus of the grants is abatement of AMD and/or treatment of AMD through treatment facility system construction. Grants may also be awarded for the design of treatment systems, or the operation and maintenance of existing passive and active treatment systems. For AMD priority activities and watersheds, see page 29 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below. 

Priority funding areas:

  • Watershed Restoration
  • Planning
  • Watershed Protection
  • Statewide and Regional Initiatives
  • Chesapeake Bay Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) Activities
  • Special Focus Areas
  • Environmental Justice

For details about each of the above priority areas, see page 10 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

For additional funding considerations, see page 12 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138289

Term of Contract:

The project must be completed within 3 years from the contract execution date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants or sponsors must be one of the following:
- Incorporated watershed association
- County, including county planning commission, or municipality
- County conservation district
- Council of governments or
- Other authorized organization that is one of the following:
(1) A tax-exempt corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations. If an applicant/sponsor is claiming an exemption from registering with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations, the applicant/sponsor must provide proof of such exemption with the application. Conservation commissions or foundations created by state or federal legislation or action are exempt from the incorporation requirement.
(2) Educational institution
(3) Municipal authority

For specific eligibility for SMCRA Grants, see page 26 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

For specific eligibility for AMD Set-Aside Grants, see page 28 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

Grant recipients and subcontractors must be in good standing with the Commonwealth.

For ineligible projects and expenses, see page 13 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period is from April 22 – June 24, 2022, with applications due through the Commonwealth eGrants system by 5 p.m. on June 24, 2022.

All Growing Greener grant applicants should contact the appropriate Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) staff as soon as possible to discuss the anticipated project, but no later than Friday,
June 3, 2022.

Applicants should also contact their County Conservation District Watershed Specialist by June 3, 2022.

Applicants must contact either DEP’s Regional/Mining Office staff for a local project or Watershed Support Section staff for a regional or statewide project, by the staff contact deadline. For nutrient and sediment reducing projects in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, applicants must contact the appropriate Countywide Action Team point of contact by the deadline.

For Growing Greener, the Department intends to award up to 50 percent of available funds (not including AMD Set Aside or SMCRA Bond Forfeiture projects) to address nutrient and sediment nonpoint source pollution within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Growing Greener has a minimum 15% match requirement, but any additional match provided will improve the competitiveness of the application.

For a Grant Application Presentation, see:

For a list of forms associated with this grant program, see the URL for Full Text below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

For technical assistance, please contact:
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Customer Service Center

Grant Program DEP Contact:
- For Growing Greener: Regional Watershed Managers
- For Growing Greener (statewide or multiple regions): Chesapeake Bay Office staff
- For AMD Set-Aside: Bureau of Abandoned Mine Reclamation staff
- For SMCRA Bond Forfeiture: District Mining Office staff

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Regional Offices and Watershed Managers:

Northwest Regional Office
230 Chestnut St.
Meadville, PA 16335-3481
Ron Lybrook, Environmental Group Manager

Northcentral Regional Office
208 W. Third St., Suite 101
Williamsport, PA 17701-6448
Jason Fellon, Watershed Manager

Northeast Regional Office
2 Public Square
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-1915
Shane Kleiner, Watershed Manager

Southwest Regional Office
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-4745
Christine Phillips, Watershed Manager

Southcentral Regional Office
909 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-8200
Steve Chervenyak, Watershed Manager

Southeast Regional Office
Two East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
David Burke, Watershed Manager

For questions concerning AMD Set-Aside Grants, please contact the following DEP staff:

Bituminous Region
Cambria Office
Jon Smoyer Todd Wood

Anthracite Region
Wilkes-Barre Office
Todd Wood

For all Contact Information, see page 45 of the Guidelines, in Supporting Documents, below.

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