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DCNR offering series of workshops to grant applicants
In partnership with the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, the state Department of Conservation and Resources again will be offering free, in-person grant workshops at six locations across Pennsylvania in November.

“These workshops are designed to answer all the questions applicants have when they consider seeking available DCNR grants for recreation, conservation, and community-based projects,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Participants will receive guidance and updates on our on-line application process and how to create a competitive application. Attendees also will receive information on eligible applicants and projects; learn about the documents required for various types of projects; and have the opportunity to interact with Bureau of Recreation and Conservation staff.

“Borough leaders, municipal officials, consultants, land trusts, board members, trail managers, and park and recreation professionals all are encouraged to attend.”

Beginning Nov. 2 in Camp Hill, Cumberland County, and ending Nov. 18 in State College, Centre County, regional workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. and close at 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Sessions dates and locations are:

  • Nov. 2 - Camp Hill Borough Building: Prosser Hall, 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill;
  • Nov. 4 - Pine Community Center, 100 Pine Park Drive, Wexford;
  • Nov. 5 - Quality Inn Event & Banquet Center, 1411 Liberty St., Franklin;
  • Nov. 12 - Luzerne County Community College, Building 10, Educational Conference Center, 1333 South Prospect St., Nanticoke;
  • Nov. 17 - The Historic Aldie Mansion, 85 Old Dublin Pike, Doylestown;
  • Nov. 18 - The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, 215 Innovation Blvd., State College.

"I’m hoping applicants will view these sessions as building blocks in DCNR’s blueprints that lead many a borough, township or watershed group from dreaming about yesterday’s plans to implementing tomorrow’s improvements,” Dunn said. “They offer continuing refinements in a process that’s designed to make grant applications easier.”

Would a new regional recreation complex best serve a mushrooming population? What’s the first step in preserving one of the last tracts of open land within the borough limits, or linking to your neighboring municipality downstream with a greenway that parallels your rebounding waterway?

“The answer, of course, always revolves around funding, and DCNR again stands ready with potential grants to guide that special borough project from the conceptual stage to the enjoyment phase,” Dunn said.

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) grant program for statewide, regional and local recreation and conservation projects opens Jan. 20, 2016, and closes April 13, 2016. Grants are funded through a variety of sources, including the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund; Environmental Stewardship Fund; Pennsylvania Recreational Trails Program; and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Free of charge, the grants workshops will offer a sound introduction to the department’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, popularly known as “C2P2.” Also covered: land acquisitions, community park planning, community park development and trails.

Attendees will be provided in-depth information on projects eligible for DCNR grant funds; learn how to develop a competitive “ready-to-go” application; learn about matching fund requirements and other sources of funding for the match; receive guidance and updates on the eGrants application process, and the documents required for each project type; learn what’s new in the DCNR Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; and have an opportunity to interact with DCNR Regional Advisors and grant project managers.

Pre-registration is required; visit here. For additional information, contact Linda Manning at, or at 717-783-4736.

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August 26, 2015

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