Deadline: June 15, 2011
The Greenways grant program, in accordance with the Eastman Kodak Company and the National Geographic Society, is accepting grant proposals. Greenways link recreational, cultural, and natural features and provide multiple public benefits. They provide paths for people and wildlife; protect forests, wetlands and grasslands; and improve the quality of life for everyone.
Awards will be made primarily to local, regional, or statewide nonprofit organizations. Public (local or regional) agencies may also apply, but non-profit organizations will receive preference. Most grants range from $500 to $1,000. The maximum grant is $2,500.
For 2011, the Program anticipates awarding up to fifty percent of the grants to greenways projects that demonstrate the convergence of economic prosperity and the environment. The vitality of a community depends not only on its economic prospects but also on the quality of its natural environment and outdoor recreational space.
Previous recipients have undertaken projects that included the design of a water trail and tourism guide in Columbia, NC; the conversion of an abandoned rail line into a multi-use public trail along the historic Mission Zanja irrigation canal; planting flowers along a community trail to brighten an impoverished neighborhood of Los Angeles; and creating a county-wide greenway and tourism plan in Joe Daviess County, IL.
Eligible projects could include activities such as green- or blueway or trail mapping, ecological assessments, surveying, conferences, and design; developing brochures, interpretative displays, audio-visual productions or public opinion surveys; building a foot bridge, signage or other physical improvement or addition to a green- or blueway; planning a bike path; and many other creative projects. In general, grants can be used for any appropriate expense needed to complete, expand or improve a greenway including planning, technical assistance, legal and other costs.
Kodak American Greenways Program