DELCO Green Ways Grant Program

DELCO GREEN ways grant program

GRANT ROUND 2: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 17!

GREAT NEWS: THIS EASY GRANT PROGRAM JUST GOT EASIER ...AND NOW YOU HAVE UNTIL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION. DON'T MISS OUT, APPLY TODAY!

Watch the video below to learn more about how you can make an impact on your community through the Delco Green Ways Grant Program

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 is now accepting applications for Grant Round 2 –– August 27 through September 17. This is the best grant program around to help fund and complete your municipality’s wish-list projects. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to do something transformative for your community and help unify Delaware County’s green spaces, trails, parks and people.

WHAT'S 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 opens August 27 and closes September 17. Awards will be announced by October 20. You can contact planning_department@co.delaware.pa.us or 610-891-5200 with any questions.


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USERS' GUIDE

NOTE: As of September 9, the Users’ Guide has been updated to reflect responses to questions we received from applicants since launching Grant Round 2 on August 27. We want to share these positive amendments with all applicants to make the process easier for you. We’re also giving you four more days to complete you application! The new deadline is September 17. Here are the key updates:

Additional Q&As at the end of the document
Clarification on the Mini-PROS Plan Application Outline (location map and additional documents not required)
New Cost Estimate Templates in the Appendices (for Planning projects)
Updated Resolution Template (Appendix B)

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. Visit the Delco Green Ways webpage to register.

  • August 2021. Information about how to apply will be 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. Register here.

  • September 17 – October 12, 2021. Delaware County Greenways Team evaluates and ranks applications.

  • October 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
The source of funding was 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.

      Table of Round 1 Awarded Projects

      Map of Round 1 Grant Locations

      Press Release 2021

      Press Release 2019

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.



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