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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Northeast Regional Office now accepting applications for the Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program in Pennsylvania

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Northeast Regional Office is now accepting applications for the Trail Assistance Mini-Grant Program in Pennsylvania. 

With funds provided through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, RTC is able to distribute a small amount of match funding to rail-trail projects in Pennsylvania. 

Grant awards average $5,000 or less, with a maximum of $10,000. All projects require a 50 percent (of the total project cost) match from the applicant. 

The application deadline for 2014 is Feb. 28, 2014, and awards will be announced March 25, 2014. 

The mini-grant program managed by RTC can assist trail organizations or municipalities that need to make small repairs and improvements to their trail outside of the regular PA DCNR grant schedule, and well below the higher-dollar amounts usually requested on major grants. 

Improvements completed through this program should represent added value to the trail either by increasing the existing length or by way of new construction that makes the trail more usable. Examples of likely projects include bridge decking, culverts, gates/bollards, bridge inspection, landscaping, signage, toilet facilities, trailhead improvements and way-finding signs. Purchase of a major piece of equipment may be considered. 

Guidelines for the program, along with a list of projects previously funded, is available on the RTC website

Please contact Patricia Tomes directly (717.238.1717 or ) with any questions regarding the eligibility of your project. 

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