The 2022 Healing the Planet Grant Program, funded by The GIANT Company, is a competitive grant for tax-exempt organizations that aims to improve the health and quality of waterways which will help protect water resources and improve the overall health of communities.
The Review and Selection Committees’ decisions are final. Due to the sheer volume of applications, we cannot give feedback on individual applications and scores. Thank you for all you do to keep your community clean and beautiful.
The 2022 applications is now closed. Grant winners will be announced in June 2022. All applicants will be informed of their application outcome at this time.
Download a preview the application (.pdf). However, all submissions must be made using the online form.
For grant questions, please contact Heidi Pedicone, Director of Programs for Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-772-3673 x 109.
- Applicants can be any tax-exempt organization including nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, schools, churches, local and county governments, etc. EIN must be provided.
- Eligible projects must be located in areas where The GIANT Company operates stores within Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia. Applicants can reside outside of the target locations but the project MUST be in the below locations. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE.
Maryland: Alleghany, Carroll, Cecil and Washington counties.
Pennsylvania: Adams, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Indiana, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union and York counties.
Virginia: Clarke, Culpeper, Frederick and Warren counties. Also the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and Winchester.
West Virginia: Berkeley, Jefferson and Mineral counties.
- Eligible projects must be shovel ready with any required permits already secured. Eligible projects include: stream health and water quality monitoring activities, marine debris removal, storm water/MS4 education initiatives, lake/pond ecology, watershed education activities, watershed landscape measures, rain gardens, streambank restoration, erosion control, AMD remediation, rain barrels, pollution abatement and source water protection.
- Eligible expenses, include but are not limited to: direct project costs, water sampling equipment, marine debris removal equipment, storm water marking items, pollution abatement technology, invasive removal equipment, signage, education expenses associated with water conservation, stream cleanup waste/tire disposal, work gloves, safety vests and trash bags. A maximum of 10% staff time can be included.
- Non-eligible projects include, but are not limited to: flood mitigation efforts, projects requiring heavy equipment, stream permits or water recreation activities (kayaking, fishing, waterway access, etc.).
- Non-eligible expenses include, but are not limited to: indirect or direct overhead costs, general office supplies, scholarships, financial awards, fundraising events, permitting costs or conferences and seminars.
- Non-eligible project expenses include, but are not limited to: kayaks, canoes, boats, fishing equipment and materials to build access for water recreational purposes, such as lumber or concrete for docks.
- Grant will open on April 1, 2022. Online submissions only. No applications will be accepted by post or email.
- All grant applications and supplemental information will be accepted until April 28, 2022 4:00 PM EST. No exceptions.
- Grant winners will be announced in June 2022. All applicants will be informed of their application outcome at this time. All decisions of the grant committee are final.
- Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023, one year after award.
- A completed final report including photos must be submitted by July 14, 2023.