Our Grants

Upcoming Deadlines for Grant Submissions

Research Grants

Research grants will open soon for 2024-25, check back soon for more information!

Flex Grants

Flex-Grants are due June 28, 2024. Applications are now open!


Applications are open, pre-applications due April 30, 2024. Download Information Sheet

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Research Grants

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.

  • Eligible applicants are higher-ed institutions with faculty and student teams.
  • Research grants of up to $3,000.00 for projects that help address South Mountain Regional research priorities.
  • Currently not accepting applications, 2023 dates will be released soon!
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Flex Grants

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. 

  • 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.


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.

Pre-applications for 2024 program are open!

Get Involved

The South Mountain Partnership works best as a network of people and organizations working toward common goals. Becoming a partner is easy and free. Our partners commit to support the vision and mission of the Partnership and participate in these ways:

  • Attend Partnership meetings and events
  • Read Partnership e-newsletters, communications, and reports
  • Share relevant information and participate when possible
  • Keep the Partnership informed of their organization’s related activities
  • Increase access to the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of our region to all people while also creating a welcoming community for all partners.

The Friends of the South Mountain Partnership (FOSMP) works to ensure the South Mountain Partnership is a resilient and powerful force for good in our region by fundraising for specific programs like our Flex Grants.

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