Green Infrastructure Webinar, DCNR Grant Workshops, American Rescue Funding opportunities for Conservation and Recreation Projects

Date and Time: Oct 27, 2021 11:00 AM – 1 PM ET

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Join the AAAS Center for Scientific Evidence in Public Issues (AAAS EPI Center) for a webinar examining green and nature-based infrastructure solutions for the New England region. Developed in consultation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1, panelists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), as well as the Trust for Public Lands will explore various opportunities, processes, and access points available to communities for the equitable planning and implementation of green and nature-based infrastructure in New England.

The two-hour webinar will highlight collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to support green and nature-based infrastructure solutions and address:

  • Why green infrastructure? The scientific evidence and co-benefits of green infrastructure
  • How to identify opportunities and resources for the equitable planning and implementation of green and nature-based infrastructure solutions to address long term economic and climate resilience
  • Planning a nature-based infrastructure project: workshopping Mystic River coastal resilience planning

American Rescue Funding: Many counties and communities are committing American Rescue Act Funds to outdoor recreation improvements.  This video and slides offer guidelines for allocation of these funds for conservation.   This funding can match DCNR C2P2 Grant program.

Using American Rescue Plan Act Funds for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation

The federal American Rescue Plan Act provides funding to counties and municipalities to aid in COVID-19 recovery efforts.
Many local governments have been wondering if these funds can be used to advance local recreation and conservation projects.
WeConservePA and the law firm Hawke McKeon & Sniscak LLP recently released an 8-page opinion letter that concluded these types of projects are eligible for American Rescue Plan funding. The letter provides guidance for local government officials on using the funds to support outdoor recreation and conservation in their communities.
Dr. Silas Chamberlin of the York County Economic Alliance has also published a video and report describing ways to use these funds to support local parks, trails, and conservation projects.

DCNR C2P2 Grant program Webinars
Please register for our virtual grant workshop to be held in November.

Annual Grant Workshop Registration Open

Need funding for your park, trail, conservation, or regional partnership project?

DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation is hosting its free annual grant workshops in November. Anyone interested in applying for Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants in 2022 is strongly encouraged to attend. Three virtual workshops are available. Use the links below to register for a workshop based on the county where your project will take place:

Each workshop runs from 9:00 AM to noon. Breakout sessions will provide time for project-specific Q&A with our professional grant managers. New this year, statewide and regional partnership grants will be a breakout session at the workshop. All workshops will be held virtually using Microsoft Teams. Although the workshops are free, pre-registration is required as space in each workshop is limited.
Note: For those planning to attend the Statewide & Regional Partnerships breakout session, please note your interest in that breakout in the “Additional Info We Should Know” box during registration