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The South Mountain Mini-Grant program, administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, has announced the release of the application for the 2013 grant round. Grant applications will be accepted until a deadline of July 31st, 2013.
Entering its fifth year, the Mini-Grant program has funded 28 projects throughout the South Mountain landscape in south-central Pennsylvania since its inception in 2009. The Partnership has awarded $188,000 in funding to support these projects, with this investment leveraging an additional $450,000 in matching funding.
“The Partnership prides itself on creating an inclusive conversation about the future of where we live,” stated Jonathan Peterson, Environmental Planner with the Appalachian Conservancy and co-lead of the South Mountain Partnership. “The Mini-Grant program continues to be a highly success tool for us to translate this conversation into action on the ground, and boost our partners’ efforts to achieve the goals and objectives that sustain the quality of life and sense of place that we enjoy here in the South Mountain region.”
The program is designed to stimulate on-the-ground projects that sustain South Mountain’s sense of place by protecting, promoting, or building upon our ecological and natural resources, heritage and cultural resources, agriculture and working lands, and recreation. In particular, the Program targets investments in projects that have significant ties to the assets of South Mountain, the working lands that surround the mountain, and the communities tied to both.
Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, and educational institutions. Those interested in submitting an application to be considered for funding in the 2013 grant round are highly encouraged to contact Jonathan Peterson at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (717 258 5771). More information and downloadable copies of the grant application process are available at the South Mountain Partnership webpage at www.southmountainpartnership.org.
The South Mountain Partnership is jointly led by ATC and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and focused on the four-county region of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. The Partnership is a unified alliance of citizens, businesses, not-for-profits, and local and state government officials and agencies. Together, we see the stewarding of the region’s natural, cultural and recreational resources as critical to sustaining the quality of life and economic health of the region’s citizens and communities. The Partnership’s key role is as regional facilitator in this conversation, and ATC’s local roots and extensive conservation work in central Pennsylvania has made it a logical fit to lead the initiative.
Funds for the Mini-Grant program originate from DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and the Community Conservation Partnership Program. These funds are derived from the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
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