HARRISBURG - The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has scheduled workshops and is accepting applications for grants under the 2014 Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), according to Sen. John R. Gordner (R-27).

"For the past twenty years, this program has funded over 4,000 projects including parks, trails and land conservation measures," said Gordner. "An important part of its success has been the many local community partners committed to recreation and conservation programs."

In 2014, DCNR will focus on grant awards that advance local recreation and conservation priorities delineated in the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan.

"Some of the priorities include sustainable and 'green' park development, trails that close gaps in existing corridors and projects that help communities become more bicycle and pedestrian friendly," said Gordner. "It is also strongly recommended that area communities coordinate on regional projects."

The application period for C2P2 opens Wednesday and will remain open until April 16. Additionally, DCNR and the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society have scheduled a series of grant workshops for local officials and recreation associations beginning in February.

Information on workshops can be found at www.dcnr.state.pa.us/calendar.

Information on the Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan can be found at www.paoutdoorrecplan.com.

Grant applications are available at www.grants.dcnr.state.pa.us.