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PECO Green Region

Natural Lands is pleased to administer the PECO Green Region Open Space Program. Recognizing that open space in our communities is a crucial element of the quality of our lives, the PECO program awards grants for southeastern Pennsylvania municipal and non-profit (within the City of Philadelphia) efforts to preserve, protect, and improve open spaces.

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Applying for a Grant

The 2023 Round is now closed and all project proposals are being consider for funding. Grant applications are reviewed by a committee composed of county government officials, members of the region’s non-profit land conservation community, and PECO representatives. All applicants will be contacted regarding the final determination of their application.

Please check back here for an announcement regarding the next round of funding, which will open summer 2024.

Eligible Applicants

    • Any township, borough, city, or regional recreational authority within PECO’s service territory in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or York counties (eligible applicants must receive gas and/or electric service from PECO)
    • Within the City of Philadelphia, all incorporated non-profit neighborhood organizations, including Friends groups
    • PECO does not award grants to individuals or to religious institutions (unless programs are non-denominational).

Check out the 2021 award winners at this virtual ceremony.

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A Legacy of Impact

PECO Green Region has awarded nearly $2.4 million to municipalities and non-profit organizations since 2004. The total population of communities receiving grants is 3 million, representing 75 percent of the five-county region’s residents. These grants have:

  • Supported 303 open space projects in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia, and York Counties;
  • Saved more than 400 acres of open space;
  • Supported more than 100 upgrades to local parks;
  • Built or improved more than 15.5 miles of trails; and
  • Protected endangered species.