Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2)

Administering Agency

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Bureau of Recreation and Conservation


Pennsylvania is ranked among the top ten most populated and most densely populated states in the nation. At current growth and development rates, the state is experiencing a loss of approximately 300 to 350 acres of open space every day. In order to foster and facilitate conservation and recreation-focused projects and programs in the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PDCNR) authorized the C2P2 program.

Who Can Participate

Municipalities, municipal agencies, a pre-qualified land trust and authorized organizations are all eligible applicants. Authorized organizations must be both tax-except under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State, Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

How it Works

C2P2 grants are awarded to municipalities and authorized nonprofit organizations for recreation, park and conservation projects. These include the rehabilitation and new development of parks and recreation facilities (development projects); acquisition of land for active or passive park and conservation purposes (acquisition projects); and planning for feasibility studies, trails studies, conservation plans, site development planning, and comprehensive recreation, greenway and open space planning . Most projects require a 50% match except for some technical assistance grants and development projects eligible as small community projects whose total project cost is $60,000 or less. The small community development projects provide a municipal applicant with a population of 5,000 or less with an alternate method of funding with a focus on playground rehabilitation to meet current safety and accessibility standards. 

How to Get More Information

Contact Grants Customer Service


Visit the PA DCNR environmental grants webpage

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