North Newton Township awarded South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant

Left to Right:
Pennsylvania DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn,
representing North Newton Township are Sheila Koser and Bonnie Myers,
South Mountain Partnership Director Katie Hess,
Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding.

North Newton Township was recently awarded a grant of $12,000 from the South Mountain Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program. The funds are being used to develop a trail feasibility study to research and develop a safe bicycle and pedestrian access between the Cumberland Valley Rail-Trail and the North Newton Township Park. State Representative Torren Ecker lent his support to the project’s application.

The Mini-Grant Program provides funding to support project-specific work of partners within the South Mountain landscape whose projects align with and further the priorities of the South Mountain Partnership. Funding to administer the program is provided to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy via DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program and the Environmental Stewardship Fund.

In the first five years of the Mini-Grant Program, which launched in 2009, over $215,000 in grant funding has been awarded across 35 projects. Partners have used these funds to leverage the investment of an additional $485,000 in matching funding. To learn more about the Partnership, visit www.southmountainpartnership.org.

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