New public access to the Susquehanna River in Berwick, PA.

Funding Available for River Access

February 10, 2015


NPS Accepting Project Proposals for Financial Assistance Awards
 
National Park Service - Chesapeake is accepting project proposals from partners for financial assistance awards. The funding priority for fiscal year 2015 is for public access site development projects that advance the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail and related water trails. 
 
Who May Apply: 
Applicants for National Park Service (NPS) - Chesapeake financial assistance awards must be either a non-profit organization (qualified under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code) or a state or local government. For Federal sites, only non-Federal partner organizations may apply.
 
Award Amount: Awards range from $10,000 to $125,000, or potentially higher. The requested funds must be matched by an equal (1:1) or greater amount of non-Federal support dedicated to the project.
 
Application Deadline: Project Applications must be submitted via eMail to NPS - Chesapeake. Deadline for submission is 3:00pm on Friday, April 10, 2015. Potential project applicants must carefully review the Program Guidelines & Application Instructions.
  
Proposed projects must:
• Be within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
• Develop one or more of the following types of public water access facilities:  boat-related access, swimming access, fishing access and/or viewing access for water, wildlife, and shoreline areas.
• Create new or enhanced access.
• Advance the development of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail or a designated water trail.
• Be matched by an equal (1:1) or greater amount of non-Federal support dedicated to the proposed project.
Visit the website for National Park Service - Chesapeake to find tools for developing your project proposal, including guidelines and application instructions, the application form, sample proposals, and a sample budget.
 Potential applicants are encouraged to participate in either of two conference calls scheduled to address your questions. The first call is this Friday, February 13th from 1:30 to 3:00. Or, choose the second conference call scheduled for Thursday, February 19th from 10:30 am to noon.
 
The National Park Service is committed to the development of recreational opportunities for all citizens. In collaboration with many partners, the National Park Service works to expand public access to the Chesapeake Bay and tributary rivers and to build visitor experiences along the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. 
 
These community projects respond to local needs while advancing public access goals set through the Strategy for Protecting and Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, the federal response to President Obama's Executive Order 13508.

Is your town along the Susquehanna River planning to apply? The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership would love to discuss your project and could provide a letter of support. Contact us at info@SusquehannaGreenway.org.