CONSTITUENCY BUILDING

Through our Constituency Building strategy, we support work that builds an active regional constituency for watershed protection. Our funding is expanding public access to and use of increasingly clean waterways for experiential learning and recreation. This includes a particular emphasis on building a culturally and racially diverse base of support for the watershed. A grant was awarded to: 

 

  • Friends of the Wissahickon, Inc. to raise awareness of, and support access to, clean water through outdoor programs and communications within the park. Programs geared toward youth, a Junior Stewards Program for high schoolers, and adult volunteer opportunities will aim to encourage public stewardship of the Wissahickon watershed, and new educational resources will empower nearby residents to take action to protect the park. ($520,000 over 24 months)  

 

For any questions about the above grant, please email Michele Perch

 

WATERSHED WIDE

Through our Watershed-Wide strategy we work toward robust regulatory protections for fishable, swimmable waterways and sustained public and private funding for watershed protection. Our funding addresses these goals by supporting a combination of research, media, and advocacy. We connect data with policy and public outreach efforts to benefit clean water. Grants were awarded to: 

 

  • American Littoral Society to conduct a research and outreach campaign focused on the urban portion of the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The campaign would educate residents, legislators, and policymakers about the need for increased protections for this stretch of the river under the Clean Water Act. ($810,000 over 30 months) 

  • New Jersey Future, Inc. to engage with state departments, municipalities, nonprofit partners, and the NJ Builders Association to provide technical assistance and education to further enforce new stormwater regulations and increase the use of green infrastructure for stormwater management. ($580,000 over 24 months) 

  • Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, Inc. to advocate for increased protections for upstream tributaries that support wild trout populations; cultivate a more diverse and inclusive outdoor recreation community in Pennsylvania; and work to maintain and increase funding for important state conservation programs. ($250,000 over 24 months) 

  • WHYY, Inc. for reporting through WHYY’s owned channels including StateImpact PA, Plan Philly, and The Pulse on water quality issues in the Delaware River watershed. ($382,370 over 24 months) 

  • Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences for coverage of water quality and watershed health issues in the Delaware River Basin and beyond through its national online magazine, Yale Environment 360. ($250,000 over 24 months)  

 

For any questions about the above grants, please email Nathan Boon

 

WPF FUND

Additionally, one grant was approved outside of the Watershed Protection Program, but significantly related to it. The WPF Fund is designed to advance cross-programmatic efforts; support exceptional one-time civic opportunities; test new ideas and explore new, but related areas of work; and strengthen regional philanthropy or enhance the capacity of grantees. 

 

  • A grant was awarded to the Fund for Philadelphia to support the final design of the Spring Garden Street Connector, a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly multimodal trail link that will connect the Delaware and Schuylkill River waterfronts and serve as a critical link in the regional Circuit Trails network, incorporating green infrastructure to manage stormwater and flooding. ($2,100,000 over 40 months)  

 

For any questions about the above grant, please email Michele Perch