3RQ Grant Program – $160,000 Available For Watershed Groups, Nonprofits Across the Upper Ohio Region

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI) at West Virginia University is offering local watershed groups in four regions that make up its 3 Rivers Quest Program up to $7,000 through a small grants program.

A total of up to $160,000 in funding is available for eligible applicants from throughout the 3RQ project regions, which include the Monongahela River Basin, the Upper Ohio River Basin, the Northern Allegheny River Basin, and the Southern Allegheny River Basin. Each region has been allotted up to $40,000 with a $7,000 limit for each applicant. The small grants program aims to help local watershed groups develop or expand their water quality monitoring activities.

“We realize that those involved in water quality monitoring are at varying stages as it pertains to their program,” said 3RQ program manager Melissa O’Neal.  “It is our hope that these grants will help get a monitoring program started or help further the efforts of a more established group.”

3RQ is a regional water quality monitoring and reporting program is funded by the Pittsburgh-based Colcom Foundation. Program partners include Duquense University, Wheeling Jesuit University and the Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Proposals must be submitted to the corresponding 3RQ partner in the region in which they are engaged in water quality monitoring.  The 3RQ grant program deadline is March 15.


The 3 Rivers QUEST regions and corresponding contacts for proposal submissions are:

Monongahela River Basin – West Virginia Water Research Institute
Contact: Melissa O’Neal; (304) 293-7006
Melissa.O’Neal@mail.wvu.edu

Upper Ohio River Basin – Wheeling Jesuit University
Contact: Mary Ellen Cassidy; (304) 312-2063
mcassidy@wju.edu

Northern Allegheny River Basin – Iron Furnace Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Contact: Dr. Bruce Dickson; (814) 806-6073
bcdickson95@gmail.com

Southern Allegheny River Basin – Duquesne University
Contact: Dr. Stanley Kabala; (412) 396-4233
kabala@duq.edu
or
Contact: Maria Nagle; naglem1@duq.edu

Application Directions

  1. Open the PDF file that applies to your region.
  2. Right click and download that PDF to your computer. 
  3. Fill it out, and then select the ” Submit Form” button in the top right hand corner of the document. 
  4. Double check that the document is being sent to the appropriate 3RQ region contact.
  5. To ensure your application is received, please send an email confirmation to the appropriate contact in your 3RQ region.

*If you are not comfortable with using the submit form button on the grant applications, you can also attach the grant application to an email and send manually.

Grant Applications Now Available!

Monongahela River Basin Grant Application
Northern Allegheny River Basin Grant Application
Southern Allegheny River Basin Grant Application
Upper Ohio River Basin Grant Application

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Grant paves way for adding Ohio, Allegheny river basins to monitoring project

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A $700,000 grant to West Virginia University’s Water Research Institute from the Colcom Foundation will allow for the continuation and expansion of the award-winning water quality monitoring and reporting program known as QUEST – Quality Useful Environmental Study Teams.

Originally focused on the Monongahela River Basin, the new Colcom-funded 3 Rivers QUEST project will also include the Allegheny and upper Ohio river Basins.