Greenways Block Grant Program (GBG 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 Request for Proposal (RFP) Announcement
The Northwest Commission is seeking proposals from firms beginning March 18, through April 8, 2022, to prepare the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan Update.

The Request for Proposals (RFP) can be found here.

Any organization with appropriate strategic planning, and/or economic development expertise may respond. The Northwest Commission encourages the prime consultant to engage in teaming arrangement with subject matter experts to satisfy all elements of this Request for Proposal. Proposals must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 8, 2022.

For more information, please email Jennifer Feehan at

Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan Update
The Northwest Commission seeks to update the Northwest Pennsylvania Regional Greenways Plan, a multi[1]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.


Regional Greenways Plan Links

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 Resources:

1. Checklist
2. Work Progress Report Template
3. Reimbursement Request Template
4. Final Report Guidelines
5. Acknowledgement Sign Guide
6. Landowner Access Authorization
7. DEP Landowner Grantee Agreement
8. DEP Grantee Landowner Conditions
9. DCNR Ownership and Control Policy 
10. DCNR Certification of Title 
11. DEP Primer for Fitting Charges into Budget Categories
12. DCNR Planning Grant Administrative Instructions and Process Policy
13. DCNR Planning Eligible and Ineligible Grant Project Activities
14. DCNR Consultant Qualifications
15. DCNR Public Participation Guide
16. DCNR Competitive Bidding and Purchasing Procedures
17. DCNR Request for Proposal Guidelines
18. DCNR Request for Proposal Template
19. DCNR Development Grant Administrative Instructions and Process Policy
20. DCNR Development Eligible and Ineligible Grant Project Activities
21. PNDI Environmental Review
22. DCNR Americans with Disabilities Act ADA
23. DCNR Design Consultant Selection
24. DCNR Success Story Template
25. DEP Goals and Accomplishments Worksheet

2018-2019 PA Grant Resource Directory 


For additional information  please contact:

Jen Feehan, Economic Development Manager


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