Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC) is accepting applications for its Regional Greenways Mini-Grants Program from organizations to create and/or improve our regional Greenways as part of the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan.
The Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, funded jointly through DCNR as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and developed by the six Southern Alleghenies counties and SAP&DC, was completed in 2007 as the first regional greenways plan in Pennsylvania. The Plan outlines a series of policies and projects that identify missing linkages within the Southern Alleghenies that are vital to connecting the region’s vast number of natural and man-made resources.
“By connecting these assets into a comprehensive greenway network, the region’s natural resources are leveraged to promote and strengthen their value to the region for a range of purposes,” said Lindsay Pyle, Community Development Planner and Mini-Grants Program facilitator at SAP&DC. “SAP&DC is launching Round 3 of the Regional Greenways Mini-Grants Program, which is a continuation of a program developed in 2012-2013 to implement greenways-related projects through local partners,” continued Pyle.
The purpose of implementing this program is to advance the priorities identified in the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan including protecting and conserving improving resources, expanding recreational opportunities, celebrating our cultural heritage, bolstering local economic development, increasing pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
Eligible Applicants in the Southern Alleghenies Region of Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon, and Somerset Counties are encouraged to apply for the third round of the Greenways Mini-Grants programs until 4:00 PM on March 31, 2017.
Program guidelines, applications, and other supplemental materials are available on the SAPDC website: http://www.sapdc.org/gov-non-profit/planning-funding-sources-greenways