Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Accepting Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grants Until May 3

The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor is now accepting applications for Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grants for projects located in Lehigh or Northampton counties. The deadline for applications is May 3.
Lehigh Valley Greenways mini-grants are intended to inspire collaboration to carry out ready-to-go, single-year projects that protect and promote the natural resources of the Lehigh Valley and advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.
Land conservation and  restoration, outdoor recreation and trail connections, community revitalization, and local education & outreach are the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways.
The priorities for the 2019 are:
-- (Municipalities) Adopt model ordinances and/or an official map to protect natural resources and improve bicycle/pedestrian connections
-- Implement ecological restoration projects (ex. stream habitat improvements, riparian buffers, native grass/wildflower meadows, rain gardens, no-mow areas along streams and in public parks)
-- Host educational events, trainings and workshops which involve an inclusive audience to advance the goals of Lehigh Valley Greenways
-- Improve THE LINK, the trail network in the Lehigh Valley (ex. Close trail gaps, install safety and directional signage, create safe road crossings, add trail amenities)
Eligible applicants include municipalities, municipal agencies, county conservation districts, educational institutions (colleges, universities, school districts), and nonprofit organizations with both tax-exempt 501c3 status and registered with PA Bureau of Charitable Organizations.
The current application cycle $75,000 will be awarded in June 2019 for single-year projects to start and end between July 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020.
Grant requests should be a minimum of $1,000 and maximum of $10,000 with total project costs at least double the grant request. Mini-grants must be matched with cash and/or eligible in-kind contributions at a minimum 1:1 ratio.
The grant awards are part of Lehigh Valley Greenways Conservation Landscape program and funded by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, Environmental Stewardship Fund and administered by Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor. Lehigh Valley Greenways mini-grant funds may not be used to match other DCNR funded grant projects.
To apply or for more information, visit the Lehigh Valley Greenways Mini Grants webpage.
All applicants who did not attend the pre-application meeting are requested to contact Claire Sadler to discuss their project before applying by calling 610-923-3548 x226 or send email to: Claire@delawareandlehigh.org.
For more information on the programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor website.
Information on Conservation Landscapes initiatives in other parts of the state is available on DCNR’s Conservation Landscapes webpage.
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