WPC/Dominion Seek Proposals for Watershed Mini Grants
Fri, Oct 17th 2008, 15:34. Filed under News Releases.
Blairsville, PA – The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy invites proposals for the 2008-2009 Watershed Mini Grant program, which helps to strengthen the technical capacities of grassroots watershed organizations throughout our region. Funding for the program is provided by Dominion.
The grants will award direct assistance and financial support to watershed organizations in Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lancaster, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Potter, Somerset, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, and York counties.
Since many watershed organizations have little to no full-time staff, the grant application process is simple and streamlined. Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, so associations are urged to act quickly.
Watershed Mini Grants may be used for expenses in three categories: operating costs, restoration projects and/or organizational promotionand outreach. A cash or non-cash match is preferred but not required. Grants of up to $1,000 may be awarded for operating expenses. Up to $2,500 is available for promotion and outreach or for restoration projects.
Please contact the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to receive an application or to ask questions regarding the application and its required information. Grant applications must be postmarked by December 19, 2008 and mailed to:
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
c/o Andrea Viazanko
246 South Walnut Street
Blairsville, PA 15717
(724) 459-0953 x. 104
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,000 megawatts of generation. Dominion serves retail energy customers in 12 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's Web site at http://www.dom.com.
About the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
To date, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) has protected nearly 225,000 acres of natural lands in Pennsylvania. Now in its 76th year, Pennsylvania’s first conservancy continues to partner with grassroots organizations to protect land, restore watersheds and save natural habitats.
WPC preserves Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater®, which was designed in 1935 and entrusted to the Conservancy in 1963 by Edgar Kaufmann jr. A symbol of living in harmony with nature, Fallingwater is open to the public and offers a wide variety of educational programs to its more than 135,000 annual visitors.
Each year, WPC plants and maintains community gardens and greening projects throughout Western Pennsylvania. In 2007, WPC partnered with more than 5,300 volunteers and dozens of community organizations to plant 140 gardens in 19 western Pennsylvania counties.