The Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape hosts a yearly mini-grant program to advance landscape wide project work.

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About the Mini-Grant Program

The Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program is a reimbursement grant program funded by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and administered by Natural Lands. The program will provide mini-grants in the amount of $1,000 to $15,000 for projects that support and advance the goals and objectives of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape. 

We fund projects that advance our goals

Mini-grants that support the goals and mission of the Schuylkill Highlands Conservation Landscape are eligible to be funded.  Mini grant applications should connect residents and visitors to the outdoors; encourage sustainable regional development; protect natural and cultural resources; and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore the Schuylkill Highlands. The project should advance on of the four goals mentioned below.

Types of Projects

Conservation, Recreation and Nature-Based Tourism 
  • Agricultural or storm water best management practices.
  • A regional trail feasibility, boardwalks, mapping, master plans, and trail construction.
  • Implementation of land stewardship, restoration, and conservation plans.
  • Water quality, habitat improvement, restoration projects, and riparian buffers.
  • Marketing and tour planning materials, maps, brochures, and or other educational materials.
  • Interpretive and wayfinding signage 
  • Recreational user amenities such as bike racks, benches, and bottle fill stations.
  • Water trail landings, fishing piers and development of access points from rivers, and streams.
  • Plans or conservation ordinances that result in a significant contribution to the protection of important natural, cultural, and recreational resources

Past Projects

Below is a selection of noteable past projects funded by the Schuylkill Highlands Mini-Grant Program.

Schuylkill Highlands 2022 Mini-Grant Awards

Schuylkill Highlands 2021 Mini-Grant Awards

Schuylkill Highlands 2020 Mini-Grant Awards

Schuylkill Highlands 2019 Mini-Grant Awards


Eligibility Requirements

Who can apply?

Grants will be made to municipalities, non-profits, watershed associations, and friends of groups with a tax exempt 501(c)3 status and registered with the Bureau of Charities. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Project Eligibility Boundary Map

See the geographic boundaries map of the Schuylkill Highlands to make sure your project is within the eligible geography.


Supporting Documents for Mini-Grant Application

Ranking Criteria

Mini-Grant Documents

Mini-Grant Progress Report Narrative
SHCL Mini-Grant Closeout Instructions 
SHCL Mini-Grant Summary of Costs
Mini-Grant Final Report Narrative
Final Payment Request Form 



Contact Information

Grant applications and grant inquiries should be directed to:

Natural Lands
Carol De Wolf
Director, Schuylkill Highlands
1031 Palmers Mill Rd.
Media, PA 19063
610-353-5587 ext 268


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