Brandywine Conservancy launches Round 4 of the Brandywine Creek Greenway Mini-Grant Program, funded by the PA DCNR

Brandywine Conservancy launches Round 4 of the Brandywine Creek Greenway Mini-Grant Program, funded by the PA DCNR

Chadds Ford, PA, August 31, 2023 — The Brandywine Conservancy is pleased to announce the launch of Round 4 of the Brandywine Creek Greenway’s Mini-Grant Program for 2023-2024. This program is funded by a recent grant of $85,000 from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnership Program Environmental Stewardship Fund, administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC). With these funds, the Brandywine Conservancy will be able to grant awards of $2,000 to $25,000 to projects that will support and advance the goals and objectives of the Greenway’s Strategic Action Plan. The fourth round of grant funding is now open with applications due by September 29, 2023.

The mini-grant program will fund small projects that improve parks, open space and community trails, and will advance priority conservation and recreation projects identified in the Greenway's Strategic Action Plan, plus other publicly vetted municipal planning documents. Eligible applicants include Pennsylvania non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status 501(c)(3), municipalities, counties and some educational institutions. Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status and be registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

Mini grants may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR-funded grant projects. The maximum grant award is $25,000; any amount greater will require approval by DCNR. All projects, related costs and funding must conform to the guidelines of the PA DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program.

Grant application materials are available on the Brandywine Creek Greenway’s website at

Important application dates:

  • Application Deadline: September 29, 2023, by 4 p.m.
  • Grant Awards Announced: November 20, 2023
  • Contracts Executed: December 4, 2023
  • Projects Begin: December 2023  
  • Projects Completed: October 2024
  • Final Site Inspections by Mini-Grant Local Project Coordinator: October 2024
  • Final Payments: Issued upon project completion, satisfactory final site inspection and DCNR approval 

For questions about funding for Round 4 please contact Elena Hadley at [email protected] for general questions about the BCG Mini-Grant Program and previous grant rounds contact Sarah Sharp at [email protected].

About the Brandywine Conservancy:
The Brandywine Conservancy protects water, conserves land, and engages communities. The Conservancy uses a multi-faceted approach to conservation. Staff work with private landowners who wish to see their lands protected forever and provide innovative community planning services to municipalities and other governmental agencies. The Conservancy currently holds more than 510 conservation and agricultural easements and has facilitated the permanent preservation of over 70,200 acres of land. The Conservancy is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.

About the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art:
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art preserves and promotes the natural and cultural connections between the area’s beautiful landscape, historic sites, and important artists. The Conservancy protects the lands and waters throughout the Brandywine Valley and other priority conservation areas, developing sustainable approaches to emerging needs and assuring preservation of majestic open spaces and protection of natural resources for generations to come. The Museum of Art presents and collects historic and contemporary works of American art, engaging and exciting visitors of all ages through an array of exhibitions and programs. The Brandywine unites the inspiring experiences of art and nature, enhancing the quality of life in its community and among its diverse audiences.


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