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 2023 Mini Grants will open Friday April 7, 2023
Pre-applications are due on the last Friday of May (May 26, 2023).
In 2023, Applications will now be accepted digitally.
- First, download the Mini-Grant Packet to learn about the program, eligibility, and FAQs.
- 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 will be available online for those invited to apply. 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.
Acknowledgement of Assistance
Grantees are required to acknowledge funding assistance in all phases of the project that are applicable. South Mountain Partnership must be provided with seven (7) days to review the language and design layout before finalizing.
This requirement applies to any product of the grant, including:
Statement of Assistance:
Copy text below:
This project was financed in part 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 grant was awarded through the South Mountain Partnership, with management oversight of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
We are a partner of the South Mountain Partnership, an alliance of organizations working to preserve and enhance the cultural and natural assets of the South Mountain Landscape in Central Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Partnership, please visit www.southmountainpartnership.org.
- The South Mountain Partnership logo be at least 2 inches wide on the finished product.
- The PA DCNR and the ATC logos must also be included; these should be at least 1.5 inches wide on the finished product.
- Include the Acknowledgement of Assistance text provided below; text must be at least 10 pt on the finished product.
- Place all of these together in a prominent place; see examples below.
- Download logos.
Mini-Grant recipients are required to submit the following three (3) close-out documents. We will use these documents to celebrate and promote your successes! After successfully submitting the items, a formal letter acknowledging close-out of the Mini-Grant will be issued by the South Mountain Partnership to you.
Project Close Out Form
Captures the financial details of the grant project. Note for processing the financial form: Total Cash Costs are comprised of (Professional Services + In-House Professional + Direct Cash Costs).
Mini-Grant Accomplishment Report & Appendix
This form helps us to better understand the challenges encountered by you, celebrate your successes, and better meet the need needs of Mini-Grant recipients. This must include documentation of how you fulfilled the Acknowledgement of Assistance in Article XVII of your grant contract.
Use the text written for the South Mountain Mini-Grant Program Accomplishment Report to fill in the short Success Story template. Add photos and any other additional information needed.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy has administered a Mini-Grant Program on behalf of the South Mountain Partnership since 2009. The projects that have received funding through this program are briefly described below within each funding round.
Learn more about the Mini-Grant program through an interactive story map created by the Center for Land Use and Sustainability at Shippensburg University.
2022 Funding Round
Zeigler Mill Road Access Site Recreational and Restoration Development Project, Adams County Trout Unlimited, Adams County
Located just south of Biglerville, the project includes: installing stream restoration devices in Conewago Creek; constructing an educational nature trail…
Barnitz Church Creek Stabilization and Habitat Project, Cumberland Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Cumberland County
Located near Mount Holly Springs, the project will stabilize and rehabilitate 645’ of eroding creek bank on the Yellow Breeches…
Toms Creek Greenway Committee Community Outreach Project, Friends of Toms Creek
Located in the greater Fairfield area, this collaborative project will advance the work plan of the Toms Creek Greenway Committee…
Master Plan for Trail to New Adams County Historical Society Facilities Project, Healthy Adams Bicycle/Pedestrian, Inc. (HABPI), Adams County
Located in Gettysburg, the project will create a Trail Master Plan for a safe bicycle and pedestrian trail from the…
Interactive Pollinator Experiences, The ButterBee Foundation
This project will reach 2,000 Girl Scouts and additional community members through events and activities and cultivate partnerships between the…
Establishment of Friends of Archie Hess Memorial Park Organization Project, Franklintown Borough, Franklin County
This project will establish the Friends of Archie Hess Memorial Park 501©(3) group to involve and engage diverse patrons and…
York County Envirothon Expansion Effort, York County Conservation District, York County
This project aims to expand the reach of the York County Envirothon by increasing written, verbal, and digital communications to…
Conserving Wild Wonders: The Institute’s Pond Restoration Design Study Project, The Institute
Located in near Waynesboro, this project will create a comprehensive design study to lead the restoration of a one-acre pond…
2021 Funding Round
2020 Funding Round
Adams County Farmers Market
This mini-grant will address food insecurity in the region while supporting local farmers. View a video about this project below.
Mt Tabor Preservation Project and Mount Holly Springs Borough
This mini-grant will help begin the preservation process for this historic church built in 1870. View a video of the…
Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association
This mini-grant will fund the purchase of a trailer for creek clean-up and riparian buffer planting events and allow them…
Cumberland County Historical Society
This mini-grant will preserve the historic building that was built in 1820 and build a connector trail to a nearby…