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Preservation Partnership Grants

Grants to Pennsylvania Agencies in Eligible Areas to
Preserve and Increase Access to Land Resources

Agency Type:

Local

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Chester County Department of Parks and Open Space Preservation

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 4:00 PM

Description:

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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. 

Municipal Program

  • Acquisition Grants
  • Park and Trail Improvement Grants

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

Conservancy Program; 

  • Acquisition Grants
  • Public Benefit Improvement Grants

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168187

Estimated Size of Grant:

Municipal Program:
- 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.

Conservancy Program:
- 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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipal Program eligible applicants:
A. Chester County municipalities (individual or joint applicants)
B. Land-owning municipal recreation authorities

Ineligible Municipal Acquisition projects:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=6

Ineligible Municipal Acquisition costs:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=8

Ineligible Municipal Parks and Trail Improvement projects:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=12

Ineligible Municipal Parks and Trail Improvement costs:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=13

Conservancy Acquisition Program:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit conservation or preservation organizations, conservancies, or land trusts that:
A. Have a primary purpose of conservation and preservation of open space, parklands, or natural areas for public benefit;
B. Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
C. Are registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations within the Pennsylvania Department of State;
D. Are pre-qualified by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) as eligible to receive Land Trust acquisition grants;
E. Have been in existence for at least 5 consecutive years.

Applicants who are eligible, but do not request funds from the state are significantly hurting their prospects of receiving County funds.

Ineligible Conservancy Acquisition Grant projects:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=17

Ineligible Conservancy Acquisition Grant costs:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=20

Eligible applicants for Conservancy Public Benefit Improvement Grants:
Eligible applicants are nonprofit land conservation or preservation organizations, conservancies, or land trusts that:
A. Have a primary purpose of conservation, preservation, and stewardship of open space, parklands, or natural areas for public benefit;
B. Are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
C. Are registered with the Bureau of Charitable Organizations within the Pennsylvania Department of State; and
D. Have been in existence for at least 5 consecutive years.

For trail and trail-related projects, the site must be open to the general public at regularly scheduled and posted days and times and the land upon which the trail and any accessory structures are proposed must be permanently designated for public use prior to the release of any County funds.

Ineligible Conservancy Public Benefit Improvement projects:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=24

Ineligible Conservancy Public Benefit Improvement costs:
https://www.chesco.org/DocumentCenter/View/52293/Round-33-Manual?bidId=#page=25

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Friday, February 26, 2021, by 4:00 PM.

Pre-application meeting or site visit: Applicants must contact Judy Thomas as early as possible in the project development process to schedule the mandatory project meeting or site visit (as conditions permit).

Municipalities are encouraged to use 100% of the County grant funds to leverage federal, state, local, and private funds.

All County grant funds awarded through this program are provided on a reimbursement basis only.

If an applicant anticipates purchasing a property or an easement or incurring costs on a project before the 2021 grants are awarded, a written request for a waiver for retroactivity from the County must be submitted at least six weeks prior to settlement and must be approved by the County prior to settlement.

Contact Information:

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 jthomas@chesco.org

Submit one hard copy or one USB flash drive to:
Judy Thomas
Chester County Parks and Preservation
601 Westtown Road, Suite 390
West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Judy Thomas, Preservation Programs Coordinator
610-344-5499

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