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In order to promote conservation work in Delaware County, the Conservation District has established a mini-grant program. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Grant requests should not exceed $500.00. The Conservation District Board will annually allocate a sum of money to this program based on the prior year’s excess of income over expenses. To start the program in 2002 the board allocated $3,000.00.
Applications for mini-grants will be collected from the following groups:
- Locally Based Environmental Organizations
- School Based Environmental Clubs
- Home Owners Associations
- Scouting Organizations
- Civic Associations
- Sportman’s Groups
Projects expected to result in the conservation of natural resources, education of a wide audience and/or significant improvements to water quality will be funded. The following are examples of the types of projects that will be considered:
- Streambank Stabilization
- Riparian Forest Buffer Plantings
- Stormsewer Stenciling / Disks
- Wildlife Habitat Improvements
- Conservation Practice Installation or Implementation Approved by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (N.R.C.S.) on Land Open to the Public without an Access Fee.
- Special Topic Workshops or Seminars for the General Public on Local Environmental Issues.
- Stream Monitoring – Water Quality Testing Programs
- Evaluation of New Erosion and Sediment Control Products on Publicly Owned Construction Projects.
- Nature Trails
Applications will be accepted semi-annually: Application deadlines are Spring-April 1st and Fall-October 30th!
Grants are Awarded at the Conservation District Board of Directors Meeting Following Each Deadline!
Additional Terms and Conditions
The grant applications must be submitted on the form developed by the Delaware County Conservation District. The funds will be distributed after the grantee has expended the funds and completed the project, unless the Board waives this requirement. Funds will be released from the Conservation District upon the group’s submittal of a claim form and a report documenting proof of project completion. If the Board waives the requirement for payment after completion of the project the group must still submit a claim form to prove the project was satisfactorily completed. If the group fails to provide the necessary proof of project completion they will be ineligible for future mini-grants and requested to return the funds.
The mini-grant program’s goal will be to maximize the environmental quality while minimizing paperwork, as associated with other grants. The funds allocated to this program are non-tax dollar funding. The funds are a part of our affiliate membership program. Donations are received from various sources, but the funds are primarily received as part of the emergency Erosion and Sediment Control Review Process. We will need to keep accurate records on the use of these funds so a certain amount of documentation is required.