CHP 2022 Coldwater Conservation Grants are now open through March 4

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

Bellefonte, PA January 21, 2022 – The Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited is pleased to announce that Round 27 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 $7,500 and implementation grants up to $10,000 will be accepted until March 4, 2022.

“This year we are pleased to announce that maximum grant amounts have been increased for both planning and implementation projects,” said Rachel Kester, Program Director for the Coldwater Heritage Partnership. “With prices of goods and services continuing to rise, this should help ensure that organizations are able to continue their important work to conserve coldwater resources across the Commonwealth.”

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 Coldwater Heritage Partnership website at Website users can view 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 asked to contact CHP Program Director, Rachel Kester, to discuss potential projects prior to applying. She can be reached at (814) 359-5233 or by email at [email protected].

About the Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited

Since our founding in 1963, our mission has been to “conserve, protect, restore and sustain Pennsylvania’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, especially our wild trout resources.” We restore streams through habitat improvement projects, conduct education and outreach programs related to water conservation and fisheries management, and work to educate the next generation about the importance of clean water and wild trout. Our council serves as a unified voice for the 49 local chapters representing nearly 17,000 members statewide. More information can be found on our website at

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