State: PA
Resource Intensity: Medium
Co-founding: Yes
Cost Share: Variable
Sector: Greening and Land Use
Support Stage: Implementation
Support to: Local Governments, County Governments
Type of Funding: Grant

This program is administered by the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. “Circuit Rider grants are awarded to initiate new programs and services for county(is), Council of Governments and/or multi-municipal entities, that individually do not have the financial resources to hire a professional full-time staff person. The Circuit Rider’s purpose is to initiate new programs and services in the designated service area. The intended result of this project is to increase the ability of grantee to more efficiently and effectively meet their recreation, park, greenway, open space and/or natural resource conservation needs. The grantee will be responsible for the long-term financial commitment and maintenance of this professional position.
Match: This is a four-year commitment of funding. Match is variable based on the year of funding. Eligible project costs include the circuit rider’s salary only and Bureau-approved technical assistance and training expenses as follows:
●Year- One: up to one hundred percent (100%) of gross salary.
●Year- Two: up to seventy-five percent (75%) of gross salary.
●Year- Three: up to fifty percent (50%) of gross salary.
●Year- Four: up to twenty-five percent (25%) of gross salary.
Training Expenses up to $2,000 available for Bureau-approved training expenses over the four years. Typically, $1,000/year is requested in years one and two.
Mentoring Expenses up to $1,500 for a Bureau-approved mentor to assist a new Circuit Rider. “