Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Invites Applications for Grants to Boost Fishing and Boating Education

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HARRISBURG, PA — In an effort to bolster interest in fishing and boating across the Keystone State, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) has announced the opening of its grant application period. The grants are designed to support educational programs that encourage new participants, retain existing enthusiasts, and reactivate former participants in fishing and boating activities, an initiative referred to as “R3.”

The application period for these grants runs through March 1, 2024. The aim is to promote accessible and inclusive learning opportunities that increase knowledge about fishing and boating, build confidence in these skills, and empower Pennsylvanians to enjoy the waters in their communities.

Last year, the PFBC awarded $187,625 in R3 Grant funding, supporting 15 education projects in 11 counties, along with two statewide projects. The successful recipients demonstrated how their new or expanded projects advanced the R3 initiatives and connected Pennsylvanians with state waterways.

The R3 Grant will reimburse qualifying organizations up to $25,000 for eligible expenses for projects conducted from approximately July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The grant requires a minimum 25% match of total project costs. At this time, applications for multi-year grants are not being accepted.

The initiative underscores the PFBC’s commitment to fostering a love for fishing and boating among Pennsylvanians. By providing financial support to education programs, the commission aims to ensure that more people can confidently engage in these recreational activities, enjoy Pennsylvania’s beautiful waterways, and contribute to the preservation of the state’s aquatic resources.

The R3 Grant Program is not just a boost for fishing and boating enthusiasts; it represents an investment in the community. It encourages residents to explore their local waterways, fosters an appreciation for the state’s natural resources, and promotes outdoor recreational activities that can benefit physical health and mental well-being.

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

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