NATION VALLEY — Are you planning an environmental or recreational event for your community in 2019? South Nation Conservation (SNC) is now accepting applications for their Community Environmental Grants Program!
Non-profit groups are encouraged to apply to receive a grant of up to $300 to help offset the costs of their event or activity. The program has four grant categories: River, Heritage, Agri-Environmental and Community Outreach.
“The grant program supports events and projects within SNC’s jurisdiction that promote recreational use of our river, protect the environment or celebrate the natural heritage of the area,” said John Mesman, SNC’s Team Lead, Communications and Outreach.
Every year $10,000 in funding is distributed through this program approved by SNC’s Communications Committee. Approved projects and events draw visitors to locations within the natural environment while promoting outdoor environmental stewardship or recreational activities. Many events also raise funds for worthy local causes.
In 2018, 24 non-profits benefited from the grant including local 4-H organizations, agricultural and historical societies, rotary and optimist clubs, recreation groups, environmental stewardship organizations, and more. A variety of activities were funded including shoreline cleanups, kayak/canoe fundraisers, historical and natural heritage celebration events, and environmental education activities.
The Spencerville Mill Foundation benefited from SNC’s grant program in 2018 for their annual canoe and kayak run on the South Nation River. Thanks to the funding, they were able to expand participation in the event by lending equipment to those without personal canoes and kayaks.
“We believe in supporting opportunities to enjoy and experience the river and the local environment,” added Mesman. “We accept applications year-round and we can help community groups and individuals in planning and supporting their projects and events.”
SNC’s Communications Committee meet at least 5 times per year and review grant applications at their meetings.