Greenways Block Grant Program

This program leverages grant funds through the partnership of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and has in the past also included the resources of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.  This method of incorporating cooperative consideration and funding by the public agencies of joint projects will implement the Northwest PA Greenways Plan and meet DCNR and DEP’s statewide and regional goals and priorities.

Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan Update

The Northwest Commission seeks to update the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan, a multi-county planning effort for the Northwest Commission’s eight (8) counties. Partners throughout the Northwest Pennsylvania region strive to provide benefits for current and future generations of residents through planning to conserve and enhance natural system greenway corridors, and build upon existing and establish new recreation and transportation greenway corridors. The Northwest Commission will be the contracting agency for the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan as well as the principle agency involved in managing the plan.

The Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan examines various methods by which greenways networks can be achieved for Northwest Pennsylvania. The proposed recommendations will consider the desire to conserve the region’s essential natural resources, identify projects which foster economic recovery through recreation and the collaboration of recreational partnerships while simultaneously recommending techniques to strengthen the regions resiliency in such a way that enhances the quality of life for its residents and fashions the development of the regions greenways and natural assets for sustainable growth, and finally catalog all recreational assets in the region. As the recommendations of this plan are implemented, a network of connections between the diverse natural areas; various cultural, historic, and recreational resources; and local population centers will be developed. These connections will help in serving to preserve natural resources and open spaces while providing valuable recreation, transportation, community, and economic development opportunities for the region.

Northwest Greenways Block Grant Program Application 2022 Round B
Northwest Greenways Block Grant Program Guidelines 2022 Round B
Projects must be completed by October 31, 2024

For additional information  please contact:
Jen Feehan, 
Economic Development Manager
814.677.4800 ext. 106
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Regional Greenways Plan Links7 documents

  • Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan
  • Clarion County Greenways Plan
  • Crawford County Greenways Plan
  • Erie County Greenways Plan
  • Forest County Greenways Plan
  • Venango County Greenways Plan
  • Warren County Greenways Plan

Other Resources26 documents

  • Checklist
  • Work Progress Report Template
  • Reimbursement Request Template
  • Acknowledgement Sign guide
  • Landowner Access Authorization
  • DEP Landowner Grantee Agreement
  • DEP Grantee Landowner Conditions
  • DCNR Ownership and Control Policy
  • DCNR Certification of Title
  • DEP Primer for Fitting Charges into Budget Categories
  • DCNR Planning Grant Administrative Instructions and Process Policy
  • DCNR Planning Eligible and Ineligible Grant Project Activities
  • DCNR Consultant Qualifications
  • DCNR Public Participation Guide
  • DCNR Competitive Bidding and Purchasing Procedures
  • DCNR Request for Proposal Guidelines
  • DCNR Request for Proposal Template
  • DCNR Development Grant Administrative Instructions and Process Policy
  • DCNR Development Eligible and Ineligible Grant Project Activities
  • PNDI Environmental Review
  • DCNR Americans with Disabilities Act ADA
  • DCNR Design Consultant Selection
  • DCNR Success Story Template
  • DEP Goals and Accomplishments Worksheet
  • 2018-2019 PA Grant Resource Directory