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2018 South Mountain Partnership

Mini-Grant Funding Round

Overview and Application



South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grants at a Glance:
The 2018 South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program is designed to catalyze on-the-ground projects that sustain South Mountain’s sense of place through the protection and promotion of the natural, cultural, and recreational assets of the region.

What: Single-year grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000; 1:1 match (in-kind or cash) required. Projects exceeding $15,000 and up to $25,000 may be considered for projects that demonstrate regional impact and integrate across multiple priority areas.
Eligibility: Non-profit organizations with 501(c) 3 status, municipalities, counties, and academic institutions are all eligible within the Mini-Grant program.
Projects must occur within Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, or York County.

Timeline: Pre-Application form is due Thursday, June 1, 2018. Formal application deadline is Friday, July 31, 2018. Award recipients will be announced in October 2018, with projects to be completed by December 31, 2019.

Submit applications electronically to Katie Hess (khess@appalachiantrail.org)


Included in this Packet:
Section 1: Overview (pg. 3)

Section 2: Frequently Asked Questions (pg. 5)

Section 3: Timeline and Checklist (pg. 7)

Section 4: Pre-Application Form (pg. 9)

Section 5: 2018 Application (pg. 11)


South Mountain Partnership

Mini-Grant Program

Introduction:

The South Mountain Partnership works to conserve the Landscape Resources that define the South Mountain landscape in south-central Pennsylvania. As a coalition of citizens, businesses, not-for-profits, academic institutions, and local and state government officials and agencies, the Partnership views the stewarding of the region’s natural, cultural, recreational and agricultural resources as critical to sustaining the quality of life, sense of place, and economic vibrancy of the region’s citizens and communities.


The South Mountain Partnership is one of seven Conservation Landscapes supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Funding is provided via DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and the Environmental Stewardship Fund to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which administers the Mini-Grant program.
The Partnership aspires to foster a collective conversation about our future relationship to the landscape in which we live, and believes that this Mini-Grant program is an effective way to translate this conversation into action.

Please join us in conversation and in action.



For questions about the Mini-Grant application and the review process contact:

Katie Hess, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Phone: 717.258.5771

Email: khess@appalachiantrail.org






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South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program: 2018 Funding Grant Round



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For questions about this application and the review process contact:

Katie Hess, Director, South Mountain Partnership, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

717.258.5771, or email at khess@appalachiantrail.org

ECTION 1: OVERVIEW

Important Dates
Pre-Application Form: June 1, 2018

Final Application Deadline: July 31, 2018

Grant Awards Announced: October 2018
Purpose:

The Mini-Grant Program is intended to catalyze on-the-ground projects that further the goals of the Partnership. The Mini-Grant program targets projects to sustain South Mountain’s sense of place by protecting and promoting the region’s Landscape Resources. These resources include: ecological and natural resources, heritage and cultural resources, agriculture and working lands, and outdoor recreation.


Mini-Grant Program Goals:
  1. Engage new partners to the Partnership to advance the mission of the Partnership.


  2. Implement projects throughout the landscape to protect, promote and/or build upon the South Mountain region’s unique Landscape Resources.

  3. Integrate thinking and approaches across disciplines; the Partnership strives to support “nexus projects” (see diagram, pg. 4) that recognize the region’s interrelated Landscape Resources.

  4. Build and strengthen collaboration amongst partners across the landscape.

In sum, the Partnership works to identify projects that strategically benefit the region – be it by impacting the resources across the region or by creating a template or new approach for addressing an issue, with lessons that can be diffused throughout the region.


Eligibility:

Non-profit organizations with a tax-exempt status 501(c) 3, municipalities, counties, and educational institutions are all eligible for the Mini-Grant. All projects must be within Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, or York County and have significant ties to the assets of South Mountain, the working lands that surround the mountain, and the communities tied to both.


Single-year grant requests for a minimum of$2,500 to a maximum of $15,000 are considered; at the discretion of the review committee projects exceeding $15,000 and up to $25,000 may be considered for projects that have demonstrable regional impact and integrate across multiple priority areas. Applicants must match (at a 1:1 ratio) these funds with additional funding and/or eligible non-cash (in-kind) services. For larger projects with grant requests exceeding the maximum Mini-Grant amount (examples: land acquisitions and trail construction), we encourage interested parties to apply directly to DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2).

Note: this Mini-Grant Program is funded through a DCNR, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant. The Partnership identifies four priority Landscape Resources (natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources) and we welcome project proposals that protect and promote this diversity of resources. Due to the original DCNR funding source, to be eligible applicants with projects that address cultural and/or agricultural resources must make a strong connection to the natural and/or recreational significance of the proposed project.

Application Submittal Information:

Submit applications electronically (in Word format, please no PDF documents) to Katie Hess, Director of South Mountain Partnership, at khess@appalachiantrail.org.


Proposal Review: Process and Criteria
Applications are reviewed by a small committee of current South Mountain Partnership partners. The review committee reserves the right to request additional information to supplement a submitted application as needed. Applications are ranked using the following criteria:
Criteria A: Detailed and Complete Project Narrative (Section II)

10 points…Project description; deliverables, objectives and timeline/scope-of-work are described with sufficient detail to demonstrate that the project is feasible and ready-to-go.


Criteria B: Budget (Section III)

20 points…Project budget clearly demonstrates the total project cost, the source(s) of appropriate match, and the requested grant amount and how these funds will be expended. Projects with matching funding that is firmly secured as of the July 29th application deadline will rank higher than projects with undetermined or unlikely funding. Refer to the DCNR Community Conservation and Partnership Program guidelines (http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/ D_001230.pdf, pages 6-18) for match guidelines.

Criteria C: Alignment with Partnership (50 points)

30 points...Advances Mission and Goals – Project advances the Partnership’s mission of “conserving Landscape Resources1 to enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the South Mountain region’s citizens and communities,” and addresses one or of the Partnership’s goals:


(1) Conservation of Landscape Resources (10 pts) – sustain and steward the resources that define the South Mountain landscape;

(2) Promotion of Landscape Resources (10 pts) – increase public awareness of the resources that define the South Mountain landscape;

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Integration - Projects in the center combine aspects of many sectors and are “nexus projects”


3) Connections across the Landscape (10 pts)
– emphasize the interconnectedness of the resources to create a community of collaboration amongst a critical mass of public agencies, non-profit and community organizations, businesses, and citizens.

10 points...Partner Collaboration - Project builds and sustains collaboration with other organizations and/or partners; more weight will be given to truly collaborative projects that engage diverse partners.

10 points…Integration – Project benefits multiple types of priority ‘Landscape Resources’ to become a “nexus project” (see diagram to the right).

Connection to Partnership Activity or Outcome – Project is directly related to outcomes or actions identified at a past Partnership workshop or meeting.
Criteria D: Project Evaluation & Sustainability

20 points…The project incorporates measurable outcomes that will assess the project’s success in achieving its objectives and deliverables, in both the short term and long term. Example: quantifiable data.

Please Note: While Project Sustainability is not technically scored in the formal application evaluation process, they must demonstrate a strong plan for ensuring the long term up-keep and maintenance of the project, and funding may not be considered for projects that do not clearly address this concern.

South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program: 2018 Funding Grant Round

SECTION 2: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The South Mountain Mini-Grant Program is intended to catalyze on-the-ground projects that align with the goals of the Partnership. The Program targets projects that sustain South Mountain's sense of place by protecting and promoting our region’s Landscape Resources. These resources include: ecological and natural resources, heritage and cultural resources, agriculture and working lands, and recreational resources. The Partnership strives to highlight the interrelated nature of these resources on the South Mountain landscape, and thus prioritizes nexus projects that integrate across resources to produce the greatest benefit. The following offers answers to frequently asked questions about the Mini-Grant Program:



  • What does a strong Mini-Grant Project look like? The Mini-Grant Program emphasizes collaboration with other organizations and professionals; we believe that such connections have the potential to outlast any specific project and continue to benefit the region into the future. In particular, we aspire to build collaboration across the priority Landscape Resources by targeting “nexus projects” – projects that positively impact multiple Landscape Resources - natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources; we see great value in addressing concerns and opportunities in an integrated fashion across the region. - The South Mountain Partnership looks to identify projects that strategically benefit the South Mountain region – be it by impacting the resources across the region or by creating an example or innovative approach for addressing challenges and/or opportunities, with lessons that can be diffused throughout the region.


  • Who can apply?  Municipalities, municipal agencies, counties, academic institutions and authorized non-profit organizations are all eligible applicants. Authorized organizations must be both tax-exempt under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and registered with the PA Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations.

  • When is the deadline for the application?  A Pre-Application Form must be submitted by June 1, 2018. Final Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, July 31, 2018. Grant award decisions will be available by October 2018. 

  • What are the Grant request limits? Applicants may submit proposals that range in size from a minimum of $2,500 to a maximum of $15,000.  At the discretion of the review committee, projects exceeding $15,000 and up to $25,000 may be considered for projects that have demonstrable regional impact and integrate across multiple priority areas.
  • What kinds of projects are eligible? All projects must be within Cumberland, Adams, Franklin, or York County and have significant ties to the assets of South Mountain, the working lands that surround the mountain, or the communities tied to both.  Multi-year funding is not considered within this program; awarded grants close out at the end of the calendar year following the year in which the grant is awarded. Projects funded as part of the 2018 grant cycle must close out by December 31, 2019. Please note: the Mini-Grant program is intended to be project-specific; applications should be for concrete, defined projects that have clear objectives, outcomes and deliverables. The Mini-Grant program is not intended to support organizational capacity efforts (printing membership brochures or promotional brochures for instance, or to facilitate fundraising efforts for the organization) nor provide general operating support for organizations.


  • What types of projects have been funded in the past? Visit the South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant program website and the Mini-Grant Story Map for descriptions of past projects. Examples of past projects include trail and outdoor recreation infrastructure development (including signage); habitat restoration efforts; ecological research projects (targeting specific, defined management challenges); regional resource promotion and guides; resource interpretation; historical preservation; adaptive reuse feasibility studies; education programming and development; and planning and revitalization studies and supportive efforts. Please note: land-use planning efforts at the municipal level (i.e. updating comprehensive plans or drafting zoning or subdivision and land development ordinances) are an acceptable use of Mini-Grant funding.

  • How will you decide what applicants receive funding? Applications are considered across the following criteria (also see page 4 of the 2018 Mini-Grant Funding Round Overview and Application:

    • Detailed and Complete Project Narrative (10 pts)

    • Complete Budget (20 pts)

    • Alignment with Partnership (50 pts)

      • Advances Mission and Goals

      • Partner Collaboration

      • Integration

      • Connection to Partnership Activity and/or Outcomes

    • Project Evaluation and Sustainability (20 pts)
  • Who decides what applications are awarded funding? A small committee of Partnership partners representing diverse interests review and rank the proposals. Participation in the committee is on a voluntary basis, and the committee membership changes yearly; partners serving on the committee in any given year may not apply for funding in that year’s Mini-Grant funding round.


  • Should I contact the South Mountain Partnership Leads Mike Eschenmann or Katie Hess to let them know I might be interested? Yes, we encourage you to contact us so we expect your application and can help ensure its completeness. You can contact us through e-mail by clicking on our names.

  • Does this Grant program require a match? Yes. A 1:1 match is required.

  • When do we have to have the cash match available? Your cash match should be available when you list this match on your grant application. Your grant application MUST include a support letter from the partner organization(s) that notes the agreed upon donation amount or value.

  • Can a non-cash match be used? Yes. Non-cash match can include donated materials, professional time, volunteer time, donated land value, and services conducted in-house for which the grantee organization does not receive compensation.

  • Can I match the Mini-Grant to a DCNR grant?  No. The Mini-Grant program is funded through a DCNR funding source, and you cannot match DCNR funds to DCNR funds. Please see the DCNR Community Conservation and Partnership Program guidelines ((http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/ documents/document/ D_001230.pdf, pages 6-18)

  • If awarded a Grant, how much money would we get up front?  Terms can vary, but generally you would get between 50% - 90% of the amount up front and the remaining when the project is closed out.
  • What are the terms and conditions of the grant agreement if I am awarded a Grant? Mini-Grant funds originally come from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources as part of the Environmental Stewardship Fund Program. ATC is the grant administrator but requires recipients to comply with the standard DCNR terms and conditions. See our grant contract here.



South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program: 2018 Funding Grant Round


SECTION 3: TIMELINE AND CHECKLIST
Note: Items in red are to be completed by the applicant and items in gray are to be completed by South Mountain Mini-Grant Committee or Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC).

June 2018

 Applicants submit Pre-Application form no later than June 1, 2018


July 2018
 Applicants submit grant application no later than July 28, 2018
August and September 2018
 Mini-grant committee reviews application and determines initial project rankings

 Mini-grant committee may follow up with grantee to clarify items on application


October 2018
 Final awards are determined

 Award letters or letters of non-award sent out to all applicants

 First-time grantees must fill out and promptly submit the new vendor form as provided by ATC

 ATC drafts Grant Agreements based on applications

 ATC meets with grantees via phone to review agreement, explain terms and conditions, and discuss any further concerns

 ATC finalizes grant agreements and sends to grantee both in hardcopy and via email

 Agreement signature page must be signed and received by ATC to begin project
November 2018

 Grantee likely begins implementation of project

 Grantee sends ATC first invoice once agreement is signed

 Grantee must issue a press release about project and copy ATC on said press release

 Grantee must hold a kick-off stakeholders meeting with an ATC representative in attendance

November 2018 through Duration of Grant
 Grantee submit invoices according to the schedule established in the grant agreement

 Grantee must send periodic updates to ATC

 Any materials that require citation language must be approved by ATC before production

 Grantee maintains records on all invoices and time spent on project, including partner matches


Project Close-out (Must occur by December 31, 2018)
 Grantee must coordinate a press release or event with project completion

 Grantee must fill out project closeout form which includes detailed reporting on:



  • Direct project expenses and time invoices

  • Project Accomplishments Report

 Grantee submits final invoice

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PRE-APPLICATION FORM

South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program:

2018 Funding Grant Round


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Pre-Application Deadline:

Friday, June 1st, 2018
he South Mountain Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program stimulates on-the-ground projects that further the Partnership’s mission to conserve Landscape Resources that enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the citizens and communities of the South Mountain region.

Eligible applicants include 501(c) 3 non-profit organizations, municipalities, counties, and educational institutions. All projects must be within Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, or York County. Single-year grant requests are considered, ranging in size from $2,500 to $15,000, with a 1:1 match (cash or in-kind) required.

*Note: the Partnership’s Mini-Grant Program is funded through a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant. The Partnership identifies four priority Landscape Resources - natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources - within the South Mountain region, and we welcome project proposals that protect and promote this diversity of resources. However, please keep in mind the original DCNR funding source: to be eligible, projects that address cultural/historical and/or agricultural resources must make a strong connection to the natural and/or recreational significance of the proposed project.



APPLICANT INFORMATION

Organization Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing Address (if different from physical):

Non-Profit (yes/no)? Tax EIN:




Project Manager/Contact Person:

Email address:

Phone Number:

Brief Organization Description:


PROJECT INFORMATION


Estimated Total Project Cost:

Anticipated Grant Request:

How many people will this impact?

Anticipated Source of Match:

Brief Project Description (1-2 paragraphs):


Narrative Description of what grant funds will be spent on:


Anticipated Deliverables: please list the specific deliverable(s) anticipated from this project


How project advances the mission of the Partnership (1 paragraph):


Please indicate the focus areas that your project most closely aligns with:

Ecology: ☐

*Agriculture: ☐



Recreation: ☐

*Heritage: ☐


Please submit completed form electronically to Katie Hess at khess@appalachiantrail.org



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FINAL APPLICATION FOR THE

2018 SOUTH MOUNTAIN MINI-GRANT

FUNDING ROUND

Deadline: July 31st, 2018

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Please Note: applicants will be invited to complete this form only following review of the pre-application form, which is due Friday, June 1st, 2018.
nstructions: This application contains the following sections:

Section I: Application Overview

Section II: Project Narrative

Section III: Budget

Section IV: Alignment with the Partnership

Section V: Project Evaluation
Please complete these sections and submit the completed applications electronically (in Word, please NO PDFs) to Katie Hess, Director of South Mountain Partnership, at khess@appalachiantrail.org.
Applications should be no more than four pages double sided or eight pages single sided. Please do not deviate from this template or alter its current format. Additional attachments will only be accepted with prior approval of the grant administrator.
Note: This Mini-Grant Program is funded through a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation grant. The Partnership identifies four priority Landscape Resources - natural, cultural, agricultural, and recreational resources - within the South Mountain region, and we welcome project proposals that protect and promote this diversity of resources. However, please keep in mind the original DCNR funding source: to be eligible, applicants with projects that address cultural/historical and/or agricultural resources will need to make a strong connection to the natural and/or recreational significance of the proposed project.
* * *

APPLICATION OVERVIEW

APPLICANT INFORMATION


Organization Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing Address (if different from physical):

Non-Profit (yes/no)? Tax EIN:




Project Manager/Contact Person:

Email address:

Phone Number:

Brief Organization Description:



PROJECT INFORMATION

Project Title:

Total Project Budget:

Anticipated Project Start Date:

Amount of SMP Grant Request:

Anticipated Project Completion Date:

How many people will this project impact?

COLLABORATION INFORMATION


ONLY list those project partners that are directly involved in providing cash or in-kind match; letters of support (pdf required) for each partner should be attached to the end of the application

Organization Name:

Contact Person:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Organization Name:

Contact Person:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Organization Name:

Contact Person:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Organization Name:

Contact Person:

Phone Number:

Email Address:

Please add additional collaborative organizations as needed:



SECTION I: PROJECT NARRATIVE [10 points]




SECTION I-A – BRIEF PROJECT DESCRIPTION. Briefly (one to two paragraphs) describe the proposed project.

SECTION I-A


Answer:      



SECTION II-B – FINAL PROJECT DELIVERABLES and PROJECT OBJECTIVES. Explicitly identify and describe the direct deliverables of the project, as well as how these deliverables advance larger, longer-term objectives of your organization and the Partnership.

SECTION I-B


Answer:      



SECTION I-C – PROJECT TIMELINE AND SCOPE OF WORK. Outline the anticipated scope of work for the project in a clear, step-by-step manner. Each step in the scope of work should be listed in chronological order, with a target completion date (month and year, example: May 2018) identified for each step. A thorough timeline and scope of work will clearly communicate that the proposed project is ready to go.

SECTION I-C


Answer:      


SECTION II: BUDGET [20 points]
BUDGET: Explain the breakdown of the project budget using the tables below.

SECTION II-A – OVERALL PROJECT BUDGET. Outline the overall budget for project completion; structure this budget around concrete, defined tasks (which should correspond to the timeline created above), with specific costs and labor inputs identified as line items under each task; include billable rates and time for any labor costs or in-kind services.



Total Overall Budget = $

COSTS

TASK

CASH

IN-KIND

TOTAL

Task 1: description…

$

$

$

Insert task line items (e.g. XX hrs x XX$/hr)










Insert task line items (e.g. XX hrs x XX$/hr)










Insert task line items (e.g. XX hrs x XX$/hr)










Task 2: description…

$

$

$



































Task 3: description…

$

$

$





































Task 4: description…

$

$

$



































Add additional Tasks as needed.











SECTION II-B – LOCAL MATCH. Identify the sources of match funding (list each organization that will provide match support). For each match source, provide specific details about which task and line items the funding/support will cover. In the final column under the heading “Match Status,” indicate whether the match is secured or pending by inserting an “S” for Secured or “P” for Pending. For any match that is pending, please explain below in Section III-C. Please note: the total amount of match must be at least 50% of total project cost.


Total Match = $

COSTS




SOURCE OF MATCH

CASH

IN-KIND

TOTAL

MATCH STATUS

Organization 1/Match Source 1: Insert here

$

$

$

S or P


Task and line item descriptions













Task and line item descriptions













Task and line item descriptions













Organization 2/Match Source 2: Insert here

$

$

$

S or P













































Organization 3/Match Source 3: Insert here


$

$

$

S or P














































Organization 4/Match Source 4: Insert here

$

$

$

S or P












































Add additional Match Sources as needed













SECTION II-C – MATCH STATUS: Provide an explanation of those match sources that are pending and indicate when confirmation is anticipated.

SECTION II-C


Answer:      



SECTION II-D – GRANT REQUEST. Identify amount of funding requested from the South Mountain Partnership Mini-Grant Program. Note: the Total Match Amount must be equal to or larger than and the South Mountain Grant Request. Also, the Total Match Amount and the South Mountain Grant Request amount must equal the Total Project Cost (as listed in Section III-A). The figure represented in the Total South Mountain Grant Request should be reflective of the sum of the various task and line items costs in the below rows.



Total Grant Request = $

Cash

In-Kind:

Total:

Project Cost:





$

Match Amount:

$

$

$

South Mountain Grant Request:







$




Enter task and line item descriptions

$










Enter task and line item descriptions

$










Enter task and line item descriptions

$










Add additional lines as needed










SECTION III: ALIGNMENT WITH THE PARTNERSHIP [50 points]

SECTION III-A – CONNECTION TO PARTNERSHIP MISSION. Describe how the proposed project advances the mission and goals of the Partnership by advancing the Partnership’s mission of “conserving Landscape Resources2 to enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the South Mountain region’s citizens and communities.” Specifically, how does your project address each one of the Partnership’s goals:


(1) How does your project Conserve Landscape Resources? (10 pts) – conserve, preserve, and/or sustain the resources that define the South Mountain landscape;

(2) How does your project promote Landscape Resources? (10 pts) – increase public awareness of the resources that define the South Mountain landscape;

(3) How does your project create connections across the Landscape? (10 pts) – emphasize the interconnectedness of the landscape resources and creating a community of collaboration amongst a critical mass of public agencies, non-profit and community organizations, businesses, and citizens.


SECTION III-A


Answer:      


SECTION III-B – PARTNER COLLABORATION. Explain how collaborating partners (only those contributing a cash or in-kind match in Section II-B) will participate in the project. Partner actions should be described here in sufficient detail so that we can clearly understand each partner’s match (as identified in Section II-B). Letters of support (PDF required) from each matching partner should be attached to the end of this application. Support letters should be written on official letterhead and include:


      • The main contact person that will be collaborating, including contact information;

      • A description of the Partner’s match (cash or in-kind) to the project.



SECTION III-B



Answer:      



SECTION III-C – CONNECTION TO AND INTEGRATION OF LANDSCAPE RESOURCES. How does the project connect with one or more of the priority Landscape Resources’ of the Partnership3 (i.e. natural, cultural, recreational, and agricultural resources). Projects that take action to address multiple Landscape Resources become a “nexus project” (see diagram on page 4) will receive priority.”

(1) How does your project address Agricultural resources?

(2) How does your project address Cultural resources?

(3) How does your project address Natural resources?

(4) How does your project address Recreational resources?


SECTION III-C


Answer:      



SECTION III-D – CONNECTION TO PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES or OUTCOMES. Direct connection to a past Partnership activity is not required for a project to be funded, but priority may be given to projects that arise as the result of a Partnership meeting or workshop. Please list any South Mountain Partnership workshop, meeting, and/or activity out of which the proposed project emerged. Examples of workshops or meetings include but are not limited to: Spring/Fall Partnership Meetings, South Mountain Speaker Series, or “Power of the Partnership”.

SECTION III-D


Answer:      


SECTION IV: PROJECT EVALUATION & SUSTAINABILITY (20 points)
SECTION IV-A – EVALUATION. How will you know if your deliverables are effective? How will you measure the project’s success in achieving its objectives and deliverables, in both the short term and long term. In particular, identify metrics that will assess the effectiveness of the deliverables in both the short and long term. Example: quantifiable data.

SECTION IV-A


Answer:      



SECTION IV-B – SUSTAINABILITY. Explain the plan for ensuring that this project is sustainable into future years. Provide a detailed explanation of the long-term anticipated maintenance needs (ex. Responsibility for trail, sign, printing responsibilities ), the estimated associated costs, and how those costs will be covered.


SECTION IV-B


Answer:      


Acknowledgment of Terms and Conditions: By typing your name below you acknowledge that you have reviewed a sample agreement that would occur between your organization as the grantee and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy as the grantor, if the project is selected to receive funding. These required terms and conditions come from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (the original source of funding). Click here to view a sample agreement with terms and conditions.

You acknowledge that you understand and are aware of the standard Terms and Condition contained within the agreement.


REQUIRED


Please type your name here:      


Attachment of Non-profit Status: (Required For Non-profits)

Please attach in your final submission proof of non-profit status (501(c)3 with the Internal Revenue Service and registration with the Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Charitable Organizations).





SOUTH MOUNTAIN PARTNERSHIP – ADMINISTRATIVE USE ONLY:


Date Received: __________ Total Project Cost:__________ Total Grant Request:­­__________







1 The Partnership’s four priority Landscape Resources: Natural, Cultural, Agricultural, and Recreational resources.

2 The Partnership’s four priority Landscape Resources: Natural, Cultural, Agricultural, and Recreational resources. Also see our website at www.southmountainpartnership.org

3 The Partnership’s four priority Landscape Resources: Natural, Cultural, Agricultural, and Recreational resources. Also see our website at www.southmountainpartnership.org






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