Susquehanna Riverlands

Mini Grants 2019

The Lancaster Conservancy is pleased to announce the 2019 round of the Susquehanna Riverlands Mini Grant Program. This program provides local non-profit, municipal and educational stakeholders with competitive funding opportunities for place-based strategies that address sustainability, conservation, preservation, restoration and recreational use of natural lands and resources in the Lower Susquehanna Valley of York and Lancaster Counties.

The Lancaster Conservancy, as the external lead of the Susquehanna Riverlands, administers the Mini Grant Program with funding provided by DCNR. Single-year grant requests for a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $25,000 are considered for projects that work towards advancing the goals of the Susquehanna Riverlands and should help build and sustain the landscape’s sense of place.

The Letter of Intent deadline Friday, February 22, 2019 by 5:00 PM

Important Documents:   

2019 Susquehanna Riverlands 2019 Round of Mini Gran Call for Letters of Intent (LOI)

2019 Mini Grants Letter-Of-Intent

2019 Mini Grant Application Instructions & FAQs 

Sample Projects – Funded in the past

Before applying please contact Christian Przybylek at

Video Documentary of Two mini-grant projects

Two of our mini-grant awards went to public art along the Northwest River Trail.  Donegal Intermediate School students worked with local artists from the Lancaster Creative Factory to design and install a tile mosaic at East Donegal Township’s Riverfront Park.  Lancaster Creative Factory also worked with other students to create functional and permanent benches.


The Susquehanna Riverlands features three major lakes created by hydroelectric dams, three nationally recognized recreation trails (Susquehanna River Trail, Kelly’s Run Pinnacle Trail, and the Mason-Dixon Trail), as well as the 14 mile Northwest River Trail, and the Turkey Hill section of the 29 mile Enola Low Grade Rail Trail.  It provides opportunities to explore the rich historical and cultural history of the Lower Susquehanna Region including significant American Indian cultural landscapes, ecologically sensitive bird habitat such as the Conejohela flats and more than 2,000 acres of protected publicly accessible land, in 29 municipalities in Lancaster and York Counties.

The Susquehanna Riverlands Conservation Landscape is funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  The Lancaster County Conservancy serves as the lead external partner working with DCNR with the purpose, to improve public access to the river, preserve environmentally sensitive areas and the forested river landscape, improve water quality, provide additional recreational opportunities, and revitalize the river communities of Marietta, Columbia, and Wrightsville.


The lower Susquehanna River corridor has always been a focal point for the Lancaster County Conservancy.  Through the Conservation Landscape we’ve expanded our reach and partnerships to create something truly unique.  Each year we work with partners to promote the National Trails Day Celebration (taking place the first Saturday in June) and have the unique opportunity to provide funding to local municipalities and non-profits in the region.  See the defined corridor map and more details on the mini-grant program below.


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