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Applications available for mini-grant projects

The Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission and the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has launched a new round of mini-grants for greenway and bicycle and pedestrian projects.

The 2007 Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, which can be found online at www.sapdc.org, outlines a series of policies and projects for linking existing natural and man-made resources in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset Counties. Projects eligible for mini-grant funding do not have to be specifically named in the plan, but must support the plan’s overall purpose and goals.

Additionally, the 2016 Southern Alleghenies Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan also prioritizes eligible project types such as bicycle and pedestrian sandwich board signs in downtown areas with heavy bike and foot traffic, new or existing trail development, installation of bike racks in downtowns, development and improvement of trail heads, bicycle signage for on and off-road trails, on and off-road feasibility studies, and municipal/county bicycle plans.

This program is open to planning, technical assistance, and development projects located within the Southern Alleghenies Region only. Funding requests are limited to $30,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar cash or in-kind match. Mini-Grant funds may not be used to fulfill match requirements for other DCNR funded projects.

Program guidelines, application form and schedule are available online at sapdc.org.

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