Funding Opportunities in the South Mountain

We are excited to be offering this list of funding opportunities in the region, but we need your help to populate the list! Know of a funding source in the South Mountain? Email Julia Chain at jchain@appalachiantrail.org

Please use this list as a starting point, and please remember to confirm eligibility and information as programs can change from year to year.

NameCountyFunding TypeAmount
Adams County Parks, Recreation and Green SpaceAdamsThe Program Goal is to provide funding for the preservation of agricultural lands, open space, parklands, historical and cultural resources and the development of recreational and trail projects.$25,000
HGAC’s Barn Preservation Project and Grant ProgramAdamsMatching funds may be requested for the stabilization and rehabilitation of barns that are: 1. Listed on the HGAC Adams County Barn Registry 2. Originally constructed for the shelter of livestock and/or storage of farm equipment or agricultural products. 3. Over 50 years old. 4. In need of substantial repair, and retains a significant degree of historic character and material.$2,500
South Mountain Partnership Grant ProgramsAdams, Cumberland, Franklin and YorkFlex and Mini Grant serve to fund projects protecting landscape resources across the South Mountain Region.
Wild East Action FundAllLand protection and organizational capacity-building projects that have accelerated the pace of conservation within the Appalachian Trail landscape.Up to $25,000 and $100,000
Coldwater Conservation Implementation GrantsAllused to pay for equipment, materials, meeting expenditures, construction activities and other services to implement recommendations. up to $10,000
Coldwater Conservation Planning GrantsAllfor the creation of a Coldwater Conservation Plan that will ultimately conserve and protect the coldwater streams of Pennsylvania.up to $7,500
Greenways, Trails, and Recreation Program (GTRP) DCEDAllProjects which involve development, rehabilitation and improvements to public parks, recreation areas, greenways, trails, and river conservation.

up to $250,000
Watershed Restoration and Protection Program (WRPP)AllProjects which involve the construction, improvement, expansion, repair, maintenance or rehabilitation of new or existing watershed protection Best Management Practices (BMPs).

up to $300,000
The Trail Capacity ProgramAllThe Trail Fund’s vision is to engage the trail, outdoor recreation, and conservation industry giving community to partner with critical stewardship organizations to save our trails.

$2,000-$15,000
PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnerships Program GrantsAllDCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) assists local governments and recreation and conservation organizations with funding for projects related to: Parks, Recreation and ConservationVaries
Healing the Planet Grant ProgramAllTo improve the health and quality of waterways which will help protect water resources and improve the overall health of communities.Varies
America the Beautiful Challenge AllThe ATBC vision is to streamline grant funding opportunities for new voluntary conservation and restoration projects around the United States. This RFP consolidates funding from multiple federal agencies and the private sector to enable applicants to conceive and develop large-scale, locally led projects that address shared funder priorities spanning public and private lands.$200,000 ++
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)AllGrants for historic preservation planning and construction and Certified Local Government.Varies
Trail Grants ProgramAllThrough our Trail Grants Program, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) emphasizes strategic investments that support significant regional and community trail development goals. Many of our funded projects are small in scope and scale and can be hard to finance within traditional funding streams. These projects are essential to building, maintaining and managing the trails that so many of us love and that communities rely upon for recreation, transportation and economic vitality.
Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Tourism Grant ProgramCumberlandProjects representing heritage, cultural, agricultural and experiential tourism.Paused
Land Partnerships Grant ProgramCumberlandThe Land Partnerships Grant Program provides financial assistance to municipalities and non-profit organizations for the purpose of agriculture preservation, natural resource protection, creation of parks, trails & greenways and planning and ordinance assistance projects.Up to $20,000-$100,000
York County Open Space and Land Preservation Grant ProgramYorkFunds to acquire land for natural resource protection or parkland. Funding is also available to York County municipalities to conduct planning studies and to develop portions of comprehensive plans and ordinances to address the County Comprehensive Plan’s open space, land protection, sensitive natural features, and agricultural protection-related goals and objectives.Up to $25,000-$100,000
Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI)AllThe Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Discretionary Grant Program (CFI Program) is a new competitive grant program created by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging and alternative fueling infrastructure in the places people live and work – urban and rural areas alike – in addition to along designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs).
Network for Landscape Conservation Catalyst FundAllThe Catalyst Fund strives to accelerate the pace and practice of landscape conservation and stewardship across the United States by making strategic investments in strengthening the collaborative capacity of place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships.one- or two-year grants of up to $25,000 in total
Keep Communities Flowing Grant ProgramAllThe American Water Charitable Foundation supports three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities
Water Trail Urgent Issue Mini-GrantsAllGrants are available for projects that can quickly and efficiently address an urgent issue on a designated Pennsylvania Water Trail. Urgent issues are those that are causing, or could reasonably be expected to cause, an unsafe or dangerous situation for those wishing to access the river for recreation.up to $2,000, must include dollar-for-dollar match
Tourism Product Development GrantCumberlandThe Tourism Product Development (TPD) Grant is intended to increase the number or products, experiences and services that draw overnight visitors to the Cumberland Valley. Awarded grant projects will increase the number of visits, length of stays and spending by visitors in the County.Applicants for the TPD Grant can request between $25,000-250,000
Tourism Recovery GrantCumberlandThe new Tourism Recovery Grant is designed to help tourism-related industries recover from the Covid-19 PandemicApplicants can request between $2,500-$10,000
Agriculture and Youth Grant ProgramAllThe Pennsylvania Ag & Youth Grant Program provides direct grants and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by an organization composed mainly of youth, or an organization with programs that benefit youth, and organized to promote development in the areas of agriculture, community leadership, vocational training and peer fellowship.
Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator ProgramAllThis program is designed to pair access to existing small business consulting services with financial resources up to $2,000 for creative entrepreneurs who aspire to start their own for-profit business or who operate an existing for-profit micro business.Up to $2,000
Small Business Advantage GrantAllThe Small Business Advantage Grant provides reimbursement grants ranging from 50% to 80% of eligible project costs to Pennsylvania small businesses to improve energy efficiency or reduce pollution or waste.Maximum grant award amounts will vary from up to $5,000 to up to $8,000
Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape Mini-Grant ProgramThe Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Landscape (KRCL) Mini-Grant Program helps partners protect this globally important and locally cherished ridgeline by offering funding for projects that help advance the KRCL’s strategic goals, including: protecting land to advance wildlife and water conservation (non-acquisition work); building identity and ownership in the KRCL as a valued natural asset; municipal outreach and adoption of local programs and policies; and scientific research.Grants up to $10,000
REI Cooperative Action FundAllREI offers the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a community-driven nonprofit that exists to provide support for nonprofit organizations across the country doing the deep and essential work to create a more equitable outdoors for everyone.
Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP)AllThe RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by the Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, recreational, and historical improvement projects. RACP projects are authorized in the Redevelopment Assistance section of a Capital Budget Itemization Act, have a regional or multi-jurisdictional impact, and generate substantial increases or maintain current levels of employment, tax revenues, or other measures of economic activity.A RACP project must have a total cost of at least $1,000,000 and have a 50% match at the time of application.
Chesapeake Bay Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction GrantsChesapeake Bay WatershedThe National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the federal-state Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partnership, is soliciting proposals through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund to restore water quality and habitats of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.
EPA Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants ProgramAllThe Community Change Grants will fund community-driven projects that address climate challenges and reduce pollution while strengthening communities through thoughtful implementation.Track I will fund approximately 150 large, transformational community-driven investment grants of $10 million – $20 million. Track II will fund approximately 20 meaningful engagement grants of $1 million – $3 million. Grants cannot exceed 3-years in duration.