Boiling Springs, PA (May 13, 2014) – The South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program, administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), is currently accepting applications for the 2014 grant round. Interested applicants must submit a pre-application form by June 30, 2014, and following a review of pre-application forms, applicants may be invited to submit a full application by July 31, 2014. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties and educational institutions.
The Mini-Grant program is designed to stimulate projects that sustain south-central Pennsylvania’s sense of place by protecting and promoting natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources. 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. Since its inception in 2009, the program has funded 36 projects throughout the South Mountain landscape and has awarded $220,000 in support of these projects, an investment that has leveraged an additional $515,000 in matching funding.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy sees the Partnership as a vehicle to create an inclusive conversation about the future of where we live,” said Jonathan Peterson, ATC’s environmental planner and co-lead of the South Mountain Partnership. “The Mini-Grant Program continues to be a highly successful tool for the Partnership to translate this conversation into action on the ground and boost our partners’ efforts to sustain the quality of life and sense of place that we enjoy here in the South Mountain region.”
The South Mountain Partnership is a public-private partnership jointly led by the ATC and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). It focuses on the four-county region of Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties. The Partnership is a unified coalition of citizens, businesses, not-for-profits, academic institutions and local and state government officials and agencies. Together, these partners see the conserving of the region’s natural, cultural, agricultural and recreational resources as critical to sustaining the quality of life and economic health of the region’s citizens and communities.
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.
For more information about the Mini-Grant program, or for downloadable copies of the grant application process, visit www.southmountainpartnership.org. To submit an application for the 2014 grant round, email Peterson at [email protected].
About the Appalachian Trail Conservancy
The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains. A unit of the National Park Service, the A.T. ranges from Maine to Georgia and is approximately 2,185 miles in length. It is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. The mission of the ATC is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. For more information, please visit www.appalachiantrail.org.
Contact: Javier Folgar
Appalachian Trail Conservancy
Tel: 304.535.2200 x117
Email: [email protected]