Per Act 68 of 2002, funds from the Environmental Steward Fund (ESF) were distributed as follows:
- 43.7% to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to clean up abandoned mine drainage and support watershed-based conservation efforts
- 28.5% to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) for rehabilitation of state parks and forests and grants to local governments and nonprofits for open space protection and recreation projects
- 27.9% to the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) for water and wastewater treatment facilities
The Department of Agriculture (PADA) received temporary allotments of 14.8% in fiscal years 2000–01 and 2003–04, reducing the shares of other departments.
Act 45 of 2005 (known as Growing Greener II) allocated the following funds:
- Department of Agriculture ($80 million)
- Department of Community and Economic Development ($59 million)
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ($217.5 million)
- Department of Environmental Protection ($230 million)
- Fish and Boat Commission ($27.5 million)
- Game Commission ($20 million)
Act 45 also changed the allocation structure, making allocations to PADA permanent (rather than temporary, as they were initially). Act 45 stipulated that, beginning FY 2007–2008 and continuing thereafter, ESF money would be allocated accordingly:
- 37.4% to DEP
- 24.1% to DCNR
- 23.7% to PENNVEST
- 14.8% to PADA
Note: Funds to make the principal and interest payments for the Growing Greener II bonds are drawn from the Environmental Stewardship Fund, which receives revenue from the $4.25 per ton municipal waste disposal fee, as well as the Act 13 impact fee.
Per Act 13 of 2012, the ESF receives transfers from the Oil and Gas Lease Fund of $20 million in 2013 and $35 million thereafter.