Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Keep PA Beautiful Accepting Greenways Mini-Grant Applications

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful today announced they are now accepting applications until August 15 for a new Greenways Mini-Grant Program.
The Greenways Mini-Grant program is designed to provide community groups with project supplies for outdoor based work events within a greenway enabling the renewal of Pennsylvania’s Greenways in need into something beautiful.
A greenway is a linear corridor across the land that conserves natural areas and provides people with recreation and transportation opportunities. Pennsylvania and its partners are developing an outstanding network of greenways across the Commonwealth, creating an asset that will enhance the quality of life for all while connecting open space, natural landscape features, scenic, cultural, historic, and recreations sites, and urban and rural communities.
As one of the Commonwealth’s most powerful tools to achieve sustainable growth and livable communities, greenways are ensuring future generations the opportunity to live amongst the natural beauty of Penn’s Woods.
This program is financed by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnership Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.
Fifteen grant awardees along with their volunteers will be eligible for up to $500 in project supplies and direct project costs for Prevent it, Clean it, and Keep it projects within a Greenway.
The Greenways Mini-Grant is available to any tax-exempt group within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and to Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Affiliates. Private property owners or individual applicants cannot apply. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and DCNR will select the fifteen winning projects from among applications submitted.
Applications must meet the following requirements to be considered – it is within a Greenway and is in at least one of the following categories: Prevent it, Clean it, and Keep it (see application for details), plus provide proof of liability insurance, signed permission to enter from the private property owner, and 100 percent match of donated or in-kind services. Selected awardees must also agree to provide a final report with before, during, and after photos.
“We are excited to collaborate with DCNR in offering Greenways Mini-Grants to organizations working to build clean and beautiful communities across the state,” said Shannon Reiter, President of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. “Greenways are integral to healthy, livable communities, and we are grateful to have the opportunity to empower Pennsylvania with the tools and resources they need to enhance greenways in their communities.”
Grants will be awarded early to mid September.
For more information or to download the application, visit the Greenways Mini-Grant Program webpage or contact Susan Carmichael, Greenways Mini-Grant Program Coordinator, at 1-877-772-3673 ext. 102 or send email to: scarmichael@keeppabeautiful.org.

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