The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority will be accepting grant applications starting August 1 through September 28 to help landowners install multifunctional riparian forest stream buffers. Nearly any individual, organization (for-profit or nonprofit), or government entity is eligible to apply for this funding. However, due to restrictions associated with the funding source, all applicants need to undergo financial review to determine if they qualify for a grant. Those that qualify for a grant may apply for this funding opportunity. For this reason, prequalification is required.
A multifunctional buffer is a riparian forest buffer that provides opportunities for harvesting products such as nuts, berries, woody florals, forbs, and potentially woody biomass. Inputs such as fertilizer or manure would not be permitted, and harvesting would not be permitted in the first 15 feet of the buffer from the edge of the streambank. An overall minimum width of 35 feet is recommended.
Click here to watch an archived webinar about the grants. $1 million in funding will be available this year from PennVEST.
Prequalification information, an FAQ and other information on the program is available on DCNR’s Rivers Conservation Grants webpage. Questions can be directed to Kelly Rossiter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 717-772-3319.