The Giant Company accepting applications for Healing the Planet grant program

CARLISLE — The GIANT Company, in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, is accepting applications from tax-exempt organizations for its Healing the Planet grant program. This year, $300,000 will be awarded to projects aimed at improving the health and quality of waterways to help protect water resources and improve the overall health of communities.

“Last year’s grant recipients demonstrated that no matter how big or how small a project may be, you can make a difference in healing our planet,” Jessica Groves, community impact manager, The Giant Company, said in a press release. “As we again partner with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, this year we are shifting the focus to projects centered around our waterways and water conservation. Water is crucial for sustaining life which is why we need to protect our water resources for today and for the future.”

Applications for the  2022 Healing the Planet grant program are being accepted online through April 28 via the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful website. Applicants can be any tax-exempt organization including nonprofit organizations, conservation districts, schools, churches, local and county governments, etc. An EIN must be provided in the application process.

Eligible projects must be located in areas where The Giant Company operates stores within Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia or West Virginia.

According to the program guidelines, some examples of qualifying projects include stream health and water quality monitoring activities, marine debris removal, 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.

A total of $300,000 in funding is available, with grants to be awarded at the $2,500, $5,000, or $10,000 funding levels. Awardees will be announced in June. Projects must be completed within one year of the award — by June 30, 2023.

According to an FAQ for the program, eligible projects must be “shovel ready with any required permits already secured.”

Projects must be on public land or be for public use and benefit, and applicants will be asked to provide documentation. If a project is occurring on private property, a signed permission-to-enter form and proof of public benefit must be provided. Projects cannot be for private property owner benefit.

“The health of our local waterways is intimately connected to the overall health of our communities. Our waterways provide recreation, impact our economy, connect us to neighborhoods and to each other. Healthy waterways are vital to thriving, successful communities,” said Shannon Reiter, president, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, said in the release.

Last year, 42 recipients received more than $500,000 in funding through the Healing the Planet grant program in support of projects that aimed to build environmental stewardship by connecting people and families to community green spaces, supporting environmental efforts, and building community gardens.

For more information about Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful visit www.keeppabeautiful.org.

Through May 31, Giant customers can round up their purchase at any Giant, Martin’s or Giant Heirloom Market store at checkout, to benefit Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Planet Bee Foundation, and Rodale Institute.

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