CHP 2021 Grant Program now open for applications through Feb. 15

Funding will support the development of planning and implementation projects aimed at protecting and enhancing coldwater streams across Pennsylvania.

Bellefonte, PA December 18, 2020 – The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that Round 26 of the Coldwater Heritage Partnership’s Coldwater Conservation Grant Program is now open. Trout Unlimited chapters, watershed associations, conservation districts, conservancies, and municipalities are among those eligible to apply. Proposals for planning grants up to $5,000 and implementation grants up to $8,000 will be accepted until February 15, 2021.

“After a year that none of us could have previously imagined, the Coldwater Heritage Partnership is looking forward to reviewing project proposals for the coming year,” said Rachel Kester, Program Director for the Coldwater Heritage Partnership program. “Now, more than ever, folks are taking to local streams to fish, paddle, and enjoy other outdoor recreation. The CHP program helps make sure our coldwater resources are there to enjoy both now and into the future.”

CHP grants are made possible with financial assistance from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR) through a Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2) grant administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation; AND through funding from the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds. The Coldwater Heritage Partnership is a collaboration between PATU, PA DCNR, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds.

Additional information, along with the grant application form, can be found on the newly re-designed Coldwater Heritage Partnership website at The site now features an interactive map and searchable list of plans and projects that will aid grantees in locating existing plans and projects and identifying potential new projects in their watershed of interest. Applicants are encouraged to contact CHP Program Director, Rachel Kester, to discuss potential projects prior to applying. She can be reached at (814) 577-7611 or by email at [email protected].

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