There are a wide variety of grants available to implement stormwater management and water quality improvements.  Partnerships can improve your chances of receiving a grant, and CWMP participants are potential partners.

CWMP Planning Team organizations are potential resources to help access grants open to nonprofit organizations. We are also sources of technical assistance.

The following links provide overviews and details on several grant opportunities in Pennsylvania:

  • Chester County Planning Commission offers several grants to municipalities for planning, land preservation, park and water quality improvements.
  • PA DCNR Grants offer several grant programs from the for trails, parks, planning, riparian buffers etc.

Riparian Buffers – many funding opportunities exist to plan, design, implement and sometimes maintain forested buffers.  See PA DCNR grant listed below.  Also consider contacting Stroud Water Research, Center White Clay Wild and Scenic, Chester County Conservation District, Brandywine Conservancy or Brandywine Red Clay Alliance for potential funding partnerships.

Agricultural Funding – There are several funding programs to help agricultural land owners and operators implement practices that improve water quality.  The Chester County Conservation District coordinates many of these programs with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Some CWMP Planning Team Partners also coordinate funding for agricultural practices in specific watersheds. This document provides more details.

Use the form below to search for grants and funding opportunities. Note that grant requirements and deadlines change from year to year, check grant website for current deadlines and other details.


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Chester County Conservation District (PA)

Dirt and Gravel Roads

Chester County Planning Commission (PA)

Preservation Partnership Grants

Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA/DCED) (PA)

Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund Grants


Riparian Forest Buffer Grant Requirements

Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) (PA)

Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund


Challenge Cost Share Program

PA Fish and Boat Commission (PA)

Boating Facility Grants Program


Growing Greener Plus

Environmental Education Grants (3 levels)

PECO/Natural Lands (PA)

PECO Green Region Open Space Program

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) (PA)

PA Small Water & Sewer Program

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), locally coordinated by Chester County Conservation District (PA)

TreeVitalize Watersheds Grant Program

Pennsylvania Land Trust Association (PA)

Conservation Easement Assistance Program


Homeowner On-Lot Sewage Disposal and Lateral Repair Loans


Dockstader Foundation

Stroud Water Research Center (PA)

Farm Stewardship Program

United States Department of Agriculture (US)

Water & Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program

United States Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (US)

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service-Pennsylvania (US)

Emergency Watershed Protection