Boiling Springs, PA (Feb. 5, 2015) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with Audubon Pennsylvania and the Kittatinny Coalition, is now accepting applications for the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Assistance Mini-Grant Program. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by April 15. Successful applicants will be invited to submit a formal application, due by May 15. The purpose of the mini-grant program is to help local municipalities and partnering non-profits preserve and promote local natural and cultural assets along the Kittatinny Ridge and the A.T. In 2015, $35,000 in grants will be awarded with a required 20 percent local match.
This program has been developed to work with communities to preserve and enhance the A.T. experience and Kittatinny Ridge landscape for future generations of Pennsylvania’s residents and visitors, using proven local strategies already used in communities along the A.T. in Pennsylvania.
While priority will be given to plans for municipal conservation assessment or land use action, eligible projects can align with broader goals of successful conservation and trail-related awareness campaigns or planning and protection strategies. These can include ecologic and natural resources; scenic forested, agricultural, or open area viewsheds; heritage or cultural resources; and recreational trails. Funding cannot be used for land acquisition projects or as a match for other grant monies.
“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s grant program emphasizes multi-partner collaborations and sound local land use planning. It is a major goal of the Kittatinny Coalition to foster local stewardship and promotion of these assets and to encourage sustained public/private collaborations in the process,” said Alicia Riegel-Kanth, the ATC’s environmental planner.
The ATC and Audubon Pennsylvania co-lead the Kittatinny Coalition – an alliance of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions working together to conserve the natural, scenic, cultural, and aesthetic resources of the Kittatinny Ridge in Pennsylvania. The coalition’s key role is to be a facilitator and leader in projects that preserve and promote the region’s natural and cultural assets.
Funds for the grants come from the National Park Service’s Appalachian Trail Park Office and are provided to the ATC through a cooperative agreement.
To download the application, visit www.appalachiantrail.org/ATKittatinnyMinigrant. For more information, contact Riegel-Kanth at 717.258.5771.
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
Email: [email protected]