Schuylkill River Restoration Fund

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund provides grants to government agencies and non-profit organizations for projects that improve the quality of water in the watershed. The grants focus on three major sources of pollution: stormwater run-off, agricultural pollution and abandoned mine drainage. In September 2016 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund grant awards totaling $278,832 were given to eight projects that will improve water quality in the river and its tributaries. Since being established in 2006, the fund has distributed over $2.7 million--and leveraged another $4.7 million--for 82 projects that protect and restore the Schuylkill River.

The 2017 Schuylkill River Restoration Fund Grant Round is now open. Click links to download:

Grant Awards
Marty Nothstein Property, Port Clinton, 2016 Rice Farm, Kempton, 2015 Meadow at Cook Wissihickon School, Philadelphia, 2014 Stony Creek, East Norriton Middle School, 2013 Russell Guntz Farm, Oley, 2012

2016 Award PR

2016 Grant Recipients

2015 Award PR

2015 Grant Recipients


2014 Award PR

2014 Grant Recipients


2013 Award PR

2013 Grant Recipients

Featured project summary

2012 Award PR

2012 Grant Recipients

Featured project summary

See additional project summaries below. Read our blog about the Schuylkill River Restoration Fund.

How it's Funded:

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund is the result of a unique public/private partnership. Funders include: Exelon Generation's Limerick Generating Station, the Philadelphia Water Department, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, MOMs Organic Market and Aqua PA. A number of partners oversee the fund and its projects. The grants are administered by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which is managed by the non-profit Schuylkill River Greenway Association. All grant recipients are carefully selected by an advisory committee consisting of: Exelon Generation • Delaware River Basin Commission • Philadelphia Water Department • Environmental Protection Agency • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection • Partnership for the Delaware Estuary • Schuylkill River Heritage Area • Schuylkill Action Network •

What are Land Transaction Assistance Grants?

The Schuylkill River Restoration Fund offers matching grants of up to $4,000 per project to assist with transaction costs for permanent land protection projects (conservation easements, full fee acquisitions, donations) within the Schuylkill River watershed. These grants are intended to facilitate the protection of high priority lands for water quality and habitat protection. See Grant Guideliness for more details.

Project Summaries:

Project Name
Award date
Harold Adams Farm


Unami Creek Stormwater Remediation


Arthur Luft Farm


Deb Woolf Farm


Schuylkill Headwaters Assoc., AMD Remediation


Wheeler Flume AMD Remediation


Schroeder Farm
Aiden Lair Park Stormwater Project

Greening Greenfield


Harold Adams Farm before (left) and after (right) streambankimprovements

Project Statistics
  • 82 projects funded
  • 5 Stormwater basins retrofitted
  • 5 Abandoned mine drainage projects completed
  • Over 6,500 feet of protected streams
  • Over 10,000 feet of streambank fencing installed
  • Over 1,500 native trees and shrubs planted
  • Agricultural improvements to 12 Berks Co. farms