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Get Outdoors PA Mini-Grants: 2017 Get Outdoors PA Mini-Grant Fact Sheet

Past Awardees: 2015, 2016

The 2017 Get Outdoors PA Mini-Grant program manual and application can be found on the Get Outdoors PA Community Partner Portal. Contact Emily Gates at with any questions and/or to discuss your application.

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RecTAP Grants

Funded through the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, RecTAP, the Recreation and Parks Technical Assistance Program, is designed to help organizations get expert advice with recreation, park and trail problems. RecTAP matches recreation, park and trail professionals with Pennsylvania municipalities and non-profits to provide advice and assistance on specific issues that can be addressed within a limited amount of time.

RecTAP is a state-wide technical assistance service focused on helping municipal recreation and park agencies and nonprofit park, recreation and trail organizations that do not have the in-house expertise or time to resolve specific questions or problems. RecTAP’s team of professionals has extensive knowledge and experience in recreation, parks and trails.

Grants have a maximum value of $2,500. No matching funds are required.

Regional Trail Workshop Grants

Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and administered by the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society, Regional Trail Workshop Grants are awarded to conservation-oriented organizations for local trail workshops. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, or 80% of the costs associated with each workshop. Grantees are responsible for all remaining workshop costs. Applications can be submitted throughout the year, but an applicant may only receive one grant per calendar year.

Parks, Recreation & Conservation Grants

Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants

Funded through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Community Grants are awarded to municipalities for recreation, park and conservation projects. These include the rehabilitation and development of parks and recreation facilities; acquisition of land for park and conservation purposes; and technical assistance for feasibility studies, trails studies, and site development planning. 

Go to to view more information about this great opportunity to enhance your communities.

Growing Greener

The Growing Greener Program signed into law by Gov. Tom Ridge in 1999 will invest nearly $650 million over the following five years to preserve farmland and protect open space; eliminate the maintenance backlog in State Parks; clean up abandoned mines and restore watersheds; and provide new and upgraded water and sewer systems. 

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Funds for Skate Parks

Tony Hawk Foundation
The foundation supports programs that focus on creating public skateboard parks, and favors programs that clearly demonstrate that funds received will produce tangible and ongoing positive results. Grants up to $25K are available to facilitate the design, development, construction and operation of new skateboard parks and facilities located in low-income communities in the U.S. The application deadline is March 1. For more information, go to .

The Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation provides funding in communities where it has a local newspaper or television station. There are no deadlines. Proposals are reviewed four times a year. Go for more information and an application.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities provides grants to not-for-profit, tax exempt organizations whose national or global programs help children reach their fullest potential. Go to: for the details and see if you are eligible.

Community Foundations in Pennsylvania

Council on Foundations

Environmental Grants

Conservation Easement Assistance Program
The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association offers the Conservation Easement Assistance Program. This program helps cover the transaction costs of completing donations and bargain sales of conservation easements. Grants are provided to qualified organizations up to $5,000 per easement transaction. Go to to apply, check on your application, download forms, and get program information.

Environmental Grantmaking Foundations (A resource book)
For ordering information and more details go to:

Visit the EE (Environmental Education) Link - Links from this page offer 1) strategy and techniques to develop funding for EE programs, and 2) information on education-related grants that may be applicable to EE. Go to: for more information.

Boating Facilities Grant Program

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission created the Boating Facility Grant Program to provide grants to county and municipal governments for the planning, acquisition, development, expansion and rehabilitation of public boating facilities located on the waters of the Commonwealth. These grant funds are available to public entities, including townships, boroughs, municipal and county governments which have or will have the capability to provide boat access facilities that are open and available for general public use. 

Go to this link for all the details and an application.
If you do not have internet access, contact the PA Fish & Boat Commission at 717-346-8196
and they can assist you.

Regional Grants & Foundations
Central Pennsylvania Foundations
 Northeastern Pennsylvania Foundations
 Northwestern Pennsylvania Foundations
 Southwestern Pennsylvania Foundations
 Southeastern Pennsylvania Foundations
Youth Sports Grants

Youth Sports Grants

Organizational Links
National Recreation and Park Association
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commissions website on grant programs.
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  Click on the option to find by organization and pick Bureau of Municipal Services.  On the left side of the screen find Grant and Funding Opportunities and click.  Here you will find links to the various grants available from the Department of Transportation for municipalities.
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  Funding opportunities are for varied arts related interests including for non-arts organizations conducting an arts program.  Click on the website for more details.
The Center for Rural Pennsylvania offers grants programs for research and demonstration.

General Grant/Foundation Links
Go to the Community Resources Directory for information on financial and strategic support programs.
This links straight to the federal grant information.  There is a link to different topics.  For recreation and conservation, click on Natural Resources.
This website tells you how to find grants, from the proper grant writing tools to links to foundations.
Go to this site for invaluable foundation resources.  Find foundations, learn about grant writing training programs, and more!
Centre County Community Foundation, Inc.  Offering grants to community organizations.
The Pittsburgh Foundation.  One of the largest community foundations in the United States with more than 800 funds which are dispersed to nonprofits throughout the Pittsburgh area.
Independence Foundation. The Independence Foundation is a private, not-for-profit philanthropic organization serving Philadelphia and its surrounding Pennsylvania counties.
Quick link to Western Pennsylvania foundation websites.
The Jefferson DeFrees Family Center provides this resource for grant seekers.  With links to federal, state, and foundation information.
The Willary Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to developing ideas and projects that are interesting, creative and imaginative and which benefit communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The York Foundation provides links of interest to foundation information in Pennsylvania, and especially in York County.  The foundation also distributes $1 million annually to nonprofit organizations serving York County.
Target stores offers a $1,000 to $5,000 grant for nonprofit organizations which are looking to fund arts, education, or non-violence programs.
Baseball Tomorrow is a joint initiative from Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Grants are awarded to fund programs, fields and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in the game.
National Gardening Association’s provides links to youth gardening grants.

Available Books & Publications

Directory of Pennsylvania Foundations, 6th Edition
This publication provides information on foundations in Pennsylvania by regions. 
Published by Triadvocates Press and researched, compiled and edited by S. Damon Kletzien. If you are interested in ordering this, write to: 
Triadvocates Press
P.O. Box 336
Springfield, PA 19064-0336
Phone: (610) 544-6927, Fax: (610) 328-2805. 
Or e-mail:
Cost: $73.50/copy postpaid plus applicable tax.