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The Clean Water Fund

Clean water is a priority for partners across all of Lancaster County, especially since over half of our streams and much of our groundwater are unhealthy. A collaborative group of partners are ready to work across the landscape on restoration projects in priority places that make sense and make a difference in our water quality. This fund will enable local partners to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of those projects using technology, cultural sensitivity, and science-based practices that will get our streams to clean and clear by 2040.

The Lancaster Clean Water Fund serves as a catalyst for increased collaboration to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of current and future clean water projects in accordance with Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan (CAP). 

Application is open!

Staff Feedback Deadline: June 23; Final Application Deadline: July 26

*Clean Water Implementation Large Grant Opens April 1st and has a rolling application deadline.*

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March 30

Apply

Apply to any of these grant programs.

Application Process and Timeline

Read about our application process and see our full application timeline.

Info Sheet

Get a snapshot of everything you need to know about the Clean Water Fund.

Grant Opportunities

See if any of these grants might be right for your organization:

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Community Conservation Grant

Grants of $1,000 – $15,000

The Community Conservation Grant supports education, outreach, and regional engagement projects that improve Lancaster’s water quality through collaboration and creativity. Projects can range from educational campaigns to art installations to water quality monitoring equipment. Applicants are encouraged to describe how their project will prioritize collaboration with new Lancaster County partners in an effort to collectively protect water, create habitats, and encourage outdoor exploration.

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Clean Water Implementation Small Grant

Grants of $5,000- $25,000

The Clean Water Implementation Small Grant supports implementation of collaborative, watershed-scale restoration projects that encourages diverse audiences to improve Lancaster’s water quality at a rapid pace. Projects can range from implementation of agricultural conservation and stormwater practices to riparian buffer plantings to removal of impervious surfaces. Funds can be used to reimburse design and engineering if project implementation funding is already received. If a buffer will be planted as part of the project, a maintenance plan is required.

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Clean Water Implementation Large Grant

Grants of $200,000- $500,000

The Clean Water Implementation Large Grant supports installation of high-impact projects in priority locations to achieve nutrient and sediment reductions for Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan. In 2021, approximately $2 million is available to be awarded to projects. Specifically, $1 million will be allocated to agricultural projects and $1 million will be allocated to stormwater projects. This funding is intended for implementation projects but design and/or engineering may be eligible for up to 25% of construction costs. Specific ranking criteria will be used to evaluate all submitted projects.

Evaluation Criteria

 

Contributes to Lancaster County’s collaborative, collective effort for clean water

Aligns with Lancaster’s Countywide Action Plan

Predicted sustainability of the project through economic and climate changes

Preview Application Questions

Community Conservation Grant

Preview the application questions for the 2021 Community Conservation Grant.

Clean Water Implementation Small Grant

Preview the application questions for the 2021 Clean Water Implementation Small Grant.

Clean Water Implementation Large Grant

Preview the application questions for the 2021 Clean Water Implementation Large Grant.

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Questions?

We’re here!

Send Emily Smedley from the Lancaster Clean Water Partners an email.         

Email Program Officer, Alma Felix, at AFelix@LancFound.org if you have any questions.

Questions?

We’re here!

Send Program Officer Alma Felix from the Community Foundation an email.

 

Images credited to Michelle Johnsen Photography.  Courtesy of the Lancaster Conservancy’s Water Week 2019 album.

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