GRANT ROUND 2: APPLICATION REVIEW PERIOD NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 20
Thank you to all who took the time to apply for this easy and epic grant opportunity. Together we are UNIFYING Delco through CONSERVE, ENHANCE, CONNECT and thoughtful PLANNING & DESIGN.
Something epic is happening in Delaware County. That’s right, epic. The Delco Green Ways Grant Program is driving the future of green space, trails, and recreation for Delco residents while elevating the County’s system as a unified whole.
Delaware County’s popular Delco Green Ways Grant Program concluded the open application period for Grant Round 2 on September 17. The review team looks forward to granting awards between October and December. If you missed the open application period, we encourage you to read on to get acquainted with the program so that you’ll be ready for the next round. This is the best grant program around to help fund and complete your municipality’s wish-list projects and provides an awesome opportunity to do something transformative for your community that also unifies Delaware County’s green spaces, trails, parks and people.
WHAT WAS NEW IN GRANT ROUND 2?
No match required –– use your Green Ways funds to be the match for other grant opportunities
Non-profits can apply with a municipal partner
Mini-Plan grant opportunity to expand and support planning efforts
CONSERVE projects for conservation easements now require public benefit, versus public access
ENHANCE projects now allow 15% of the total project cost to be used for planning and design
CONNECT projects for trail engineering to allow up to $250,000 cap
Inclusion of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) Indicators of Potential Disadvantage (IDP) scores to support communities in need
Delaware County Council is committed to investing in projects that advance the County’s 2035 Open Space, Recreation and Greenway Plan goals: CONSERVE, ENHANCE, CONNECT. These investments strengthen our communities and yield social, health, environmental and economic returns that promote a more unified and equitable countywide system. Driven by the County’s theme of UNITY, Grant Round 2 will incentivize partnerships and multi-municipal plans to help build capacity and shape a culture which advances the County’s green space, trails, and parks as a unified system. We want to propel your community’s potential.
The application period was open August 27 to September 17. Awards will be announced by October 20. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-891-5200 with any questions.
GRANT ROUND 2 TIMELINE
June 16, 2021. Delaware County Council announces the opening of Grant Round 2.
June 17 – September 17, 2021. Application materials available on Delaware County’s website.
July 13, 2021. 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. and July 14, 2021, 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Zoom meetings for Questions and Answers about the grant round.
August 2021. Information about how to apply will be posted on the County website.
August 27, 2021 - September 17, 2021. Municipalities and non-profit organizations in partnership with a municipality may submit their applications.
August 31, 2021, 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. Question & Answer Session on Zoom.
September 17 – October 20, 2021. Delaware County Greenways Team evaluates and ranks applications.
October 20, 2021. Delaware County Council reviews Green Ways Team’s recommendations and determines and announces grant awards.
October – December 2021. Delaware County Planning Department assists grantees with grant finalization, agreements, and technical support for moving forward.
January – May 2022. Grantees can pursue DCNR & DCED funding using county grant as match.
DELCO GREEN WAYS PROGRAM, HISTORY AND IMPACT
A recommendation of the 2016 Open Space Task Force, which moved County Council to authorize a $10 million bond allocation for open space in the County, which includes the Delco Green Ways grants to municipalities. Council is delivering on the commitment to invest in our shared spaces. Through this bond, the County has funded initiatives important to you and your community. With the June 16 announcement of Grant Round 2, more transformational projects are on their way to making a positive impact on your Delco experience.
This program is seeding projects that will provide enormous benefit to you and your family:
Opportunities for residents to enjoy the health benefits of recreation in the great outdoors.
Ecological services provided by green space.
Strengthened community through shared connection and access to safe, outdoor spaces that allow for social distancing.
Economic activity and increased property values.
The inaugural grant round, with awards announced in October 2019, awarded $4.5 million –– leveraging $20 million in matching funds –– to support 102 acres of preserved green space, 7.3 miles of trail development, 18 parks and recreation improvements, and 8 professional services projects (planning, engineering, and/or design). Awards went to the 26 municipalities who applied, totaling 38 grants.
The appetite for investment in public spaces has never been stronger as people seek refuge and connection during the COVID-19 pandemic. The County is enthusiastic about the opportunity to elevate and support the important planning and public works of each of the unique communities that comprise Delaware County.