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Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools in Eligible Regions for Conservation Projects

Brandywine Creek Greenway (BCG) Mini-Grant Program


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Funding Source
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Brandywine Creek Greenway

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/23 4:00 PM - Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for conservation programs and activities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support projects that enhance community-based trails, parks, and open spaces. The program promotes priority conservation and recreation projects identified in the Brandywine Creek Greenway Strategic Action Plan, plus other publicly vetted municipal planning documents.

All projects must be located within the Pennsylvania portion of the Brandywine Creek Greenway which is depicted in green on the map on this page and includes Birmingham Township, Caln Township, Chadds Ford Township, the City of Coatesville, Downingtown Borough, East Bradford Township, East Brandywine Township, East Caln Township, East Fallowfield Township, Honey Brook Township, Honey Brook Borough, Kennett Township, Modena Borough, Newlin Township, Pennsbury Township, Pocopson Township, South Coatesville Borough, Upper Uwchlan Township, Uwchlan Township, Valley Township, Wallace Township, West Bradford Township, West Brandywine Township, West Caln Township, and West Nantmeal Township. 

The Brandywine Creek Greenway Strategic Action Plan has eight overall goals and objectives: 

  • Transportation: To provide safe transportation alternatives for walking, bicycling, and equestrian users.
  • Conservation: To protect and improve vital natural resources within the Brandywine watershed.
  • Recreation: To promote and enhance the recreational use of municipal, county, and state-owned recreational open space. 
  • Flood Control: To mitigate flooding in flood-prone areas.
  • Culture: To preserve nationally and municipally-designated historic resources and their surrounding landscapes. 
  • Aesthetics: To protect state and municipally-designated scenic resources and buffer scenic resources from new development.
  • Education: To foster education of the Brandywine Creek and its watershed.
  • Economic Prosperity: To foster economic activity in urbanized areas.

For additional information about these goals and objectives begin on page 5 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties, and some educational institutions. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Additional Geographic Information:

See the map on page 4 of the Guidelines in Supporting Documents, below.

Mini-grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded grant projects.

Pre-Application Information
Application dates:
- Grant Round Opens: March 20, 2023 (grant application materials is available below)
- Application Deadline: May 30, 2023
- Grant Awards Announced: September 18, 2023
- Contracts Executed: November 6, 2023
- Projects Begin: November 2023
- Projects Completed: November 30, 2024
- Final Site Inspections by Mini Grant Local Project Coordinator: September 2024
- Final Payments: Upon project completion, satisfactory final site inspection and DCNR approval

Mini-Grants require a 1:1 local match in the form of cash and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) services.
- Cash Match - No portion of the cash match can originate from DCNR funding.
- In-kind Match - the value of municipal labor and/or professional services is equal to the hourly billable rate multiplied by the number of hours performing that service or job. The value of volunteer in-kind will be valued at the current Independent Sector Volunteer Rate for Pennsylvania at the time the work was performed.

The Brandywine Creek Greenway Mini Grant Program is a reimbursement funding program.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
$2,000 to $25,000

Term of Contract
- Projects Begin: November 2023
- Projects Completed: November 30, 2024

Contact Information
Email applications to with the subject line, “2023 Mini Grant Submission.”

If you are unable to submit the application electronically, the completed application and required documents may be mailed, shipped, or hand-delivered to:
Brandywine Conservancy
1 Hoffman's Mill Road
P.O. Box 141
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Direct questions to Sarah Sharp at the email address above.

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