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SAP&DC Announces Grant Awards for the Regional Greenways & ATV Mini-Grants Program

ALTOONA, Pa. – The Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission (SAP&DC), with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), has awarded over $27,000 in grant funding to local communities in the Southern Alleghenies region. This funding was provided through the Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenways & ATV Mini-Grants Program, which aims to provide funding for projects that support implementation of the overall purpose and goals identified in the Southern Alleghenies Greenways and Open Space Network Plan. This is Round 2.1 of the Mini-Grants Program offered in the region, and this round of the program also includes additional funding specifically for ATV parks. Funding for this program was provided by DCNR through the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener 1) Fund as well as the Snowmobile/All-Terrain (S/ATV) Fund.

The Mini-Grants Program was open to planning, technical assistance, and development projects located within the Southern Alleghenies Region.  Eligible projects were required to support the goals of the region’s Greenways and Open Space Network Plan, including: conserve important natural resources, expand recreation opportunities, celebrate cultural heritage, bolster economic development, increase pedestrian and bicycle mobility, and promote healthy lifestyles. Any municipality, council of government, conservation district, land trust, non-profit organization, designated heritage area, or redevelopment authority was eligible to submit an application. For-profit entities were eligible to submit an application for ATV funding. Applications for proposed projects were received this past spring.

Awards were granted to projects within Bedford and Cambria Counties. The selected projects will create additional recreation opportunities to the region, explore the feasibility of existing greenway corridors for future development, upgrade and improve community park facilities, improve ATV park facilities, and expand tourist activities and amenities that highlight the region’s unique history and culture. The following projects have been awarded:

  • Johnstown Urban Greenway & Trail Hub Feasibility Study; $12,000.00; Johnstown, Cambria County: This grant award will support the feasibility planning for an Urban Greenway and Trail Hub Study that is being planned for Main Street in Johnstown and converging at Central Park where it will continue to a new park development along Locust Street.
  • Pavilion at Rock Run ATV Park; $10,800.00; Patton, Cambria County: This grant award will be used to construct a pavilion in the main day-use parking lot near the maintenance garage. The pavilion will be a multi-use facility, but mainly allow a protected area for guests to gather and enjoy a meal with other guests. During special events, the pavilion will also be used for coordination of recreational activities for the guests in the park.
  • H&BT Rails to Trails Signage Project; $4,375.00; Broad Top Township, Bedford County: This grant award will be used to purchase and erect directional signage along township roadways in both directions to guide trail users to the newly developed trail heads for the H&BT Rails to Trails. Signage will also be put in place at each new trail head.

SAP&DC hopes to offer future rounds of funding for the program as additional funding becomes available.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this announcement, please contact Lindsay Pyle, SAP&DC’s Regional Planner, by phone at (814) 949-6510 or by email at

Click here for more infomation on the Greenways and Open Space Network Plan or Greenways Mini-Grants Program.