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 efforts to preserve, protect, and improve open spaces.

Applying for a Grant

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.

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, including all incorporated nonprofit neighborhood organizations (such as “Friends of’ groups).
    • PECO does not award grants to individuals or to religious institutions (unless programs are non-denominational).

Grant program guidelines & details (regular round – 10/31)

Grant program guidelines (bonus round – 11/30)

Apply Now – 2019 Grant Application

A Legacy of Impact

PECO Green Region has awarded $1.75 million to municipalities and nonprofit organizations since 2004. The total population of communities receiving grants is 3 million, representing 75% of the five-county region’s residents. These grants have:

  • Supported 230 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 14.5 miles of trails; and
  • Protected endangered species.