Chester County Department of Parks and Open Space Preservation
02/26/21 4:00 PM
Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities and municipal recreation authorities in eligible locations to preserve and increase access to land resources. Applicants must arrange a meeting or site visit with program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that result in maximum public benefit and attract funding from other sources. Eligible projects benefit Chester County.
The Commissioners of Chester County, Pennsylvania offer two distinct programs that provide funding to municipalities and non-profit land conservation organizations to permanently preserve significant natural, recreational, agricultural, historic, and cultural land resources; enhance public access to those lands; provide public benefit; and implement County and municipal land-use policies.
For information about Municipal Acquisition Grants, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=l#page=6
For information about Municipal Park and Trail Improvement Grants, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=l#page=12
For information about Conservancy Acquisition Grants, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=l#page=17
For information about Conservancy Public Benefit Improvement Grants, see https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=l#page=24
GrantWatch ID#: 168187
- Acquisition grants fund a maximum of 50% of the appraised value to buy land, conservation easements, or trail easements plus eligible transaction costs. The County may reimburse 100% of the cost of one appraisal up to $3,000 for a successfully completed project, up to $7,000 for surveys, and up to $2,000 for consultant costs.
- Park and Trail Improvement Grants fund park facility and trail construction costs at a maximum of 50% up to $250,000 for parks of 20 or more contiguous acres, and a maximum of 25% up to $100,000 for parks less than 20 acres.
- Natural Area Preservation grants fund a maximum of 50% of the appraised value to buy land, conservation easements, or trail easements plus eligible transaction costs.
- Farmland Preservation grants fund up to the lesser of $3,000 per acre or 33% of the appraised value, plus eligible transaction costs for easement purchases and up to the lesser of $5,000 per acre or 33% of the appraised value, plus eligible transaction costs for fee simple purchases
- Public Benefit Improvement Grants: The County will consider requests to fund up to 50% of eligible project costs with a $50,000 maximum.
Municipal Aquisition, Municipal Park and Trails, and Conservancy Aquisition: The contract length is three (3) years from the date the grant is awarded.
Conservancy Public Benefit Improvements: The contract length is 24 months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email applications to Judy Thomas at email@example.com
Submit one hard copy or one USB flash drive to:
Chester County Parks and Preservation
601 Westtown Road, Suite 390
West Chester, PA 19380-0990
Judy Thomas, Preservation Programs Coordinator
USA: Pennsylvania: Chester County
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