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The Friends of South Mountain Partnership (FOSMP) and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy has funding available to support initiatives within our community that further the goals of the Partnership and advance the capacity of partners throughout the region. This small-scale funding opportunity is intended to support projects not traditionally eligible for the SMP Mini-Grant program. In addition to supporting the SMP mission and goals, priority will be given to ideas that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our region. Example projects and initiatives are shared below, but all projects with connections to conserving landscape resources, promoting landscape resources, and/or connecting people and organizations with common goals around conservation are encouraged to apply.
Awards from $250-$600 will be considered, and any requests must be separate from projects submitted through the 2022 SMP Mini-Grant program. Applications are due July 29th, 2022.
Who: Eligible applicants include 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, educational institutions, community groups and businesses. All projects must be within Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, or York County.
What: Requests from $250-$600 will be considered, and any requests must be separate from projects submitted through the 2022 SMP Mini-Grant program.
When: Applications are due July 29th, 2022.
South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grants
The South Mountain Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program is intended to catalyze on-the-ground projects that further the goals of the Partnership, and to advance the capacity of partners to complete projects throughout the region. The Program provides funding, on a competitive basis, to projects that sustain the South Mountain landscape’s sense of place by protecting and promoting the region’s Landscape Resources.
The South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program was developed in 2009 and is administered by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. Financial support is provided by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources through the Environmental Stewardship Fund. To date, more than $500,000 in grants have been awarded through 69 grants, with more than $1 million in matching funds leveraged by the grantees – a return of more than double.
Current Funding Round
*APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2022 MINI-GRANT PROGRAM ARE NOW OPEN*
The pre-application stage opens on the first Monday of April (April 4th, 2022). Pre-applications are due on the last Friday of May (May 27, 2022).
In 2022, Applications will now be accepted digitally.
2.) When you are ready, submit your pre-application through Google Forms.
Final Application – If invited to do so, a final application must be submitted by the last Friday of July. Notification – Applicants will be notified of the status of their application in October.
The final application is available online via ArcGIS/Survey123. You do not need an account to use the form. You must also download and submit a project budget. Our required excel format can be downloaded here.
Funding for the South Mountain Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program is provided by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, Environmental Stewardship Fund, under the administration of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. The Application Trail Conservancy administers the Mini-Grant Program on behalf of the South Mountain Partnership.