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PA offers grant up to $25K to inspire interest in fishing and boating

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is seeking applicants for grants to support education programs that promote new interest in fishing and boating in Pennsylvania through the recruitment of new participants, retention of existing participants, and reactivation of former participants – collectively known as “R3.”

PFBC R3 grants aim to connect Pennsylvanians with the fun of Commonwealth waterways by teaching fishing and boating skills and providing quality locations where these activities can be enjoyed. Through this grant program, organizations are encouraged to engage participants of all experience levels, from novice to expert, and living in both rural to urban areas, to learn the benefits of fishing and boating including community, wellness, and taking advantage of the outdoors.

Last year the PFBC awarded $158,945 in R3 grants to support eight education projects in eight counties, including one statewide effort.

The R3 grants will reimburse qualifying organizations up to $25,000 for eligible program expenses for the period of July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023. The grants require a minimum of 25% cash or in-kind match of staff time and/or other project expenses. Requests for amounts greater than $25,000 may be considered, and inquiries should be submitted by email to: ra-be@pa.gov. The deadline for submission of R3 grant applications is April 15. At this time, applications for multi-year grants are not being accepted.

More information about the grant program, including the application can be found on the PFBC R3 Grant Program page on the PFBC website (www.fishandboat.com).