The Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic (LDWS) River Management Council announces the availability of 2024 Wild & Scenic Mini-Grants.
Donor Name: Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic (LDWS) River Management Council
County: Bucks County (PA), Hunterdon County (NJ), Mercer County (NJ), Northampton County (PA), Warren County (NJ)
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline: (mm/dd/yyyy) 12/15/2023
Size of the Grant: $1000 to $10,000
Grant Duration: Grant Duration Not Mentioned
These grants are intended for projects that support and enhance the goals of the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River Management Plan.
Projects consistent with the LDWS Management Plan and further Management Plan goals are eligible.
- Water Quality: Maintain existing water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries from measurable degradation and improve it where practical.
- Natural Resources: Preserve and protect the river’s outstanding natural resources, including rare and endangered plant and animal species, river islands, steep slopes, and buffer areas in the river corridor and along the tributaries.
- Historic Resources: Preserve and protect the character of historic structures, districts, and sites, including landscapes, in the river corridor.
- Recreation: Encourage recreational use of the river corridor that has a low environmental and social impact and is compatible with public safety, the protection of private property, and the preservation of natural and cultural qualities of the river corridor.
- Economic Development: Identify principles for minimizing the adverse impact of development within the river corridor and to encourage sustainable development where appropriate.
- Open Space Preservation: Preserving open space as a means of maximizing the health of the ecosystem, preserving scenic values, and minimizing the impact of new development in the river corridor.
Typical grants awarded are $5,000 or less, however, larger grants will be considered for especially compelling projects. Fifty percent of the award will be provided prior to the start of the project. The balance will be paid once the project is completed and a final report and invoice are submitted.
- New applicants are encouraged. Prior LDW&S mini-grant winners may apply. Depending on the number of proposals received and the availability of funds, preference may be given to organizations who are not past recipients of the mini-grant program.
- Projects part of a partnership benefiting multiple entities will be given preference. However, one entity should be identified as the lead applicant.
- Stronger consideration will be given to proposals that address more than one LDW&S Management Plan goal as well as projects leveraging outside funding/matching funds.
- Mandated mitigation projects, permit requirement studies, and capital or construction projects are not eligible.
- For the 2024 program, preference will be given to projects focusing on flood mitigation, stormwater management, as well as river and/or storm safety education and outreach. These projects would fall under the water quality and/or natural resource goals of the Management Plan. Such projects could include but are not limited to:
- The offer and distribution of free/discounted rain barrels and/or creating demonstration rain gardens landowners can replicate.
- The planting of riparian buffers and/or mediation of past mitigation projects.
- Naturalizing stormwater basins.
- Outreach and education projects on storm safety to address the dangers of river use during and after storms and how to determine when the river is safe for recreation.
- Aquatic organism passage and habitat connectivity.
- Efforts to plan for climate resiliency.
Who May Apply
Only projects being completed in, and benefiting, the Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic River corridor will be eligible. The following eligible entities within the Lower Delaware Wild & Scenic corridor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania may apply:
- Municipal-appointed community committees that have completed the LDWS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) are eligible.
- Community or non-profit 501(c)3 organizations operating within the corridor.
- Government entities including municipalities who have completed the LDWS Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), municipal committees, counties, and the State of New Jersey and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit Mini-Grant.