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Research Grants

Who: Eligible applicants are higher-ed institutions with faculty and student teams.

What: Research grants of up to $3,000.00 for projects that help address South Mountain Regional research priorities.

When: Applications are due November 18, 2022

How: Online application can be found here. 

The South Mountain Research Corps (SMRC) is seeking opportunities to support academic and student-focused research in environmental sciences, forestry, agriculture, cultural and historic resources, geology, geography, and land use planning. Linked here are four PDF documents that list potential inventory, research, and monitoring priorities that could be conducted on public or private lands within the South Mountain landscape.

  1. Environmental Sciences, Forestry, and/or Agriculture
  2. Geology, Geography and Geosciences
  3. Land Use Planning
  4. Cultural and Historic Resources

The documents are organized by general program area. The potential projects listed are the result of priorities expressed by researchers and agencies, as well as community feedback over the last six months. More detailed problem statements for each potential project are available upon request, and there is a contact name and email attached to each one.

This year the SMRC will award grants of up to $3,000.00 for research projects that help address our research priorities. Priority will be given to proposals that address the research priorities, to proposals that are multidisciplinary in scope, and to proposals that help students develop the skills and expertise necessary for successful careers in land and resource management.

Some important details to include regarding the proposals and grants:

  • The grants require a 1 to1 cash or in-kind match.
  • A succinct project proposal that addresses the chosen problem statement, includes who will conduct the research and who will supervise it, and states specifically what will be delivered to address the problem statement (e.g. a technical report, a journal article, a video, etc.)
  • A proposed budget (one page), and timetable/project schedule, the budget should note if your match is cash or in-kind and the source of the match.
  • Curriculum Vitae of the supervising faculty member(s) and student(s) working on the project

Questions about this program should be directed to Joe Baker at

Learn more about the South Mountain Research Corps and Science Summit here.


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.

Learn more by downloading the Flex-Grant Packet to see sample project ideas and full program details.

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


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.

1.) First, download the Mini-Grant Packet to learn about the program, eligibility, and FAQs.

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.

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