2023 Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant Round
Grant Application Period: October 16, 2023 – November 30, 2023
PLEASE REVIEW THESE GRANT GUIDELINES BEFORE APPLYING.
(The information below is only meant to provide an overview.)
The 2023 Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant round aims to support the advancement of regional outdoor recreation, conservation, and trail projects and programs within the Susquehanna Greenway’s ‘Middle Susquehanna’ region. This region includes Greenway sections within Clinton, Lycoming, Northumberland, Union, Snyder, Montour, and Columbia Counties. Proposals from outside of this region, or ones outside of the Susquehanna Greenway, will not be considered. An interactive map of the Susquehanna Greenway corridor is available here. Please check that your project falls within the green shaded area of the map.
Eligible applicants include public entities (such as a county, municipality, or municipal agency) or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations eligible to apply for DCNR-supported funding and registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charities (BCO). If your group does not meet this eligibility requirement, SGP encourages you to partner with and eligible entity and apply together. In this case, letters of support noting the partnership are strongly encouraged. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership.
Applicants may request up to $10,000, and proposals must include a 1:1 match (cash or in-kind). While only one award will be given to each applying entity, more than one application can be submitted for consideration. All awarded funding must be utilized within 12 months from the date of the awarded contract; the anticipated contract period is January – December 2024.
Proposed activities must fit within one of the four eligible categories. The eligible project categories include:
Education & Outreach
Fliers, maps, guides, or brochures highlighting trails, towns, waterways and/or history within the Susquehanna Greenway. Media pieces showcasing the Susquehanna Greenway and the opportunities for engagement in the trails, towns, and waterways within the Middle Susquehanna Region or promote places where people want to live, work, and explore. If the Susquehanna River Water Trail is featured, appropriate branding must be utilized (SGP will provide additional details where necessary). Educational Programs that build connections along the Susquehanna River or inspire people to engage with the outdoors, such as sojourns, environmental events, bike rides, cleanups, etc.
Wayfinding and Signage
Wayfinding and signage along the Susquehanna Greenway and its network of trails, parks, or water trail access, interpretive panels, or other signage that supports informed exploration of the outdoors. Please note, signage to be located at a water trail access must utilize the Susquehanna River Water Trail Wayfinding and Branding.
Implementation level park, water trail access, or land trail infrastructure, development, or improvements. Improvements must be completed within the grant period.
Special Purpose Trail Study
A special purpose trail study evaluates the significance, feasibility, or suitability of a proposed trail and/or park project. These can range from larger scale projects to smaller infrastructure inclusions or upgrades. Trail studies can address a question at the initial stages of a project or assess and propose solutions to existing infrastructure challenges. Overall, the goal of this category is that the project evaluates a critical question within the life cycle of a land or water trail project and result in a plan of action for its next steps. The study must start and be completed within 12 months of the contract date.
The 2023 Susquehanna Greenway Mini-Grant Program is financed by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnership Program, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. As such, mini-grants may not be used as match for other DCNR-funded projects, nor may DCNR funding be used to match this mini-grant. Awarded projects will be required to adhere to all DCNR’s grant guidelines and eligible expense policies, and all projects must acknowledge the SGP and DCNR on marketing materials and media releases. Grant contracts will provide more details to grant awardees.
DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and SGP encourage grant applicants to incorporate “green and sustainable” infrastructure elements in park, trail and rivers development and rehabilitation projects. The term “green and sustainable” refers to practices that offer environmental benefits or that reduce the impacts of human activities on the environment.
The application window will close at 4:59 PM on November 30, 2023. Eligible applicants can apply through this online form or the button below.
If you are unable to submit your application online, please submit applications by email to [email protected] or mail to:
Susquehanna Greenway Partnership
Attn: Grant Committee,
301 Market Street, Unit #649,
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Please be sure to read the full set of Grant Guidelines before applying.
Apply to the 2023 Mini-Grant Round
The application window will close at 4:59 PM on November 30, 2023.
Awarded projects can expect to be notified in late December 2023.
Questions may be directed to [email protected] or 570-478-0178.
The Susquehanna Greenway is a connected corridor of paddling, walking, and biking trails, boat launches, conserved lands, and communities that runs along the Susquehanna River in PA. The Susquehanna Greenway Partnership (SGP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to advancing the vision of the Susquehanna Greenway. SGP works with partners to grow the network, inspire people to engage with the outdoors, and transform communities into places where people want to live, work, and explore.