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Grants to Pennsylvania Municipalities and Nonprofits to Conserve and Enhance Green Spaces, Public Parks, and Recreational Trails

DELCO Green Ways Grant Program - Round 4


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Funding Source
Delaware County (Delco)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania: Delaware County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/29/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Pennsylvania municipalities and nonprofit organizations partnering with municipalities in eligible locations for projects to create and enhance outdoor recreation. Funding is intended to conserve green spaces, enhance public parks, and create safe trails. Applicants must be located in Delaware County.

This Program’s objective is to advance the County’s goals of conserving green spaces, connecting the County by creating safe ways to bicycle and walk from place to place, and enhancing public parks for people of all ages, interests, and abilities –– thereby fashioning a more unified countywide system. These goals, and others, are detailed in Delaware County’s Delaware County 2035: Open Space, Recreation, and Greenway Plan. (See below in the Supporting Documents field).

The Program includes four (4) broad funding categories:

  • Conserve open space and natural features - for the protection of undeveloped land in perpetuity. Eligible projects may include fee simple acquisition, conservation or trail easements on private land, or similar conservation methods pre-approved in writing by the Planning Director or designee.
  • Enhance their environmental and recreational uses - for capital improvements to park and/or recreational facilities. Eligible projects may include improvements to existing park facilities and regreening efforts (e.g., street tree plantings, green stormwater infrastructure, etc.).
  • Connect communities, cultural/historic resources, and natural features - for the development of multi-use trails included on the countywide Primary Trail Network (PTN), as shown on the map here: Eligible projects include the final design and construction of multi-use trail segments within the PTN or the final design and construction of local single or multi-use trails. 
  • Planning & Design future amenities in a prioritized, strategic fashion -  Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications for full-scope Comprehensive Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Plans or Municipal Trail Network Plans. Other types of plans and studies eligible under this category include, for example: trail feasibility studies, park master plans, and recreational needs assessments. Eligible expenses may include conceptual design, preliminary engineering and permitting, and title searches and appraisals.

Mini Parks, Recreation, & Open Space (PROS) Plan Grants - are offered again for those communities who did not receive an award in previous rounds. Eligible communities are listed here: The scope of a Mini-PROS plan emphasizes open space conservation, park development and maintenance, and trails. 

Requirements For Conserve, Enhance, Connect, And Planning & Design Grant Applications:

Requirements For Mini-Pros Plan Grants:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who is eligible to apply for green ways grants?
- Municipalities in Delaware County
- Multiple municipalities in Delaware County working in partnership on a project
- Private non-profit organizations with IRS (501(c)(3) status and in operation for at least three years who have formed a partnership with a municipality for the project as evident in a municipal resolution.

- Conserve projects for conservation easements require significant public benefit but do not require public access

- The funds of the grant are not intended to cover overhead, salaries, and/or
-Mini-PROS plans do not address staff organization and management, recreational programming, and other municipal operational elements that comprehensive Park, Open Space, and Recreation Plans evaluate.

Pre-Proposal Conference
- Information sessions for Questions and Answers about the grant round will be held via Zoom:
September 7, 2023 6:00 – 7:00 P.M. RSVP:
September 12, 2023 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. RSVP:

Pre-Application Information
- July 2023. Delaware County Council announces opening of Grant Round 4.
- July 31 - September 29, 2023. Open Application Period.
- September 29, 2023, by 5 PM. Deadline for submitting grant application.
- October 2023. Delaware County Green Ways Team evaluates and ranks applications.
- Late Fall 2023. Delaware County Council reviews Green Ways Team’s
recommendations. Determines and announces Round 4’s grant awards.
- Post Awards. Delaware County Planning Department assists grantees with grant
finalization, agreements, and technical support for moving forward.
- January – May 2024. Grantees may pursue DCNR & DCED funding using County grant as match.

- Match is not required, but submissions including a match (either cash or in-kind services) receive a scoring bonus
- Projects in areas identified by regional or state agencies as “potentially disadvantaged” or as “Environmental Justice Areas” receive a scoring bonus
- Multi-municipal applications and municipal/non-profit partnership applications are encouraged and may be submitted in addition to the program limit of two (2) grant applications per municipality. For example, a municipality may apply for a multi-municipal trail feasibility study, in addition to individual applications for a Comprehensive Park Plan and funding to purchase open space.
- The county encourages all municipalities and municipal-nonprofit partnerships within Delaware County to apply with eligible projects meeting the standards listed in the Criteria Section of the Users’ Guide. A municipality may submit up to two (2) applications, provided at least one of the submissions is for a Planning & Design Grant.

View the recorded session:

Number of Grants
The number of grant awards depends on the amount and strength of applications submitted and the funds available in the current grant round.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Conserve Projects: The County may contribute up to $500,000
- Enhance Projects: The County may contribute up to $250,000. Projects have a 15% allowance of the total project cost for planning and design expenses
- Connect Projects: The County may contribute up to $500,000 for trials on the PTN. The County will also consider funding up to $250,000 for other, single- or multi-use trails that are not part of the PTN.
- Planning & Design Projects: The County may contribute up to $100,000
- Mini-PROS: The County fully funds a Mini-PROS Plan for up to $50,000.

Term of Contract
- Projects must be complete and grant funds must be expended within three (3) years of date executing the grant agreement.
- Mini-PROS: Funds must be expended within one (1) year of an executed grant agreement. Delaware County expects plans to be completed within six to nine months of the municipality engaging a qualified consultant to assist in developing the plan.

Contact Information
Apply online:

- For further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Liz Rogan at or 610-649-6931, or Peter Williamson at the Delaware County Planning Department, or 610-891-5303.

County of Delaware
201 West Front Street,
Media, PA 19063

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