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

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


For Immediate Release, July 23, 2018


Contact: Katie St. Clair, Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission, Community Development Planner, by phone at (814) 949-6532 or by email at


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 $95,000 in grant funding to local communities in the Southern Alleghenies Region. This funding was provided through the Southern Alleghenies Regional Greenways 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 and the Southern Alleghenies Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. This is Round 4 of the Mini-Grants Program offered in the region. Funding for this program was provided by DCNR through the Environmental Stewardship (Growing Greener 1) 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. Applications for proposed projects were received this spring.

Awards were granted to projects within Somerset and Cambria Counties. The selected projects will create additional recreation opportunities in the region, plan for and design community parks, and expand tourist activities and amenities that highlight the region. The following projects have been awarded:

  • Great Allegheny Passage – Garrett Trailhead Improvements $14,251.00. Somerset County:  This grant award will support the replacement of a portable toilet at the trailhead with permanent concrete building vault toilet, installation of a Bike Fix-it-Station and Water fountain. Bike racks and a directional/informational signage kiosk along with interpretive signs for September 11th National Memorial Trail will also be installed.
  • Johnstown Inclined Plane Riverside Park: $30,000.00. City of Johnstown, Cambria County: Funding from this award will be used for Construction and Engineering design for “Riverside Park.” The park would provide: nature viewing and fishing opportunities for the community, easier transport of mountain bikes and kayaks to the natural side of river and emergency access to river for EMTs.
  • C & I Extension for the Ghost Town Trail: $50,000.00. Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority, Cambria County: This grant award will be used to fund 6 miles of trail extension from Ebensburg back to Nanty Glo. Grant funds will be used to contract with a construction company to complete the rail extension.

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 Katie St. Clair, SAP&DC’s Community Development Planner, by phone at (814) 949-6532 or by email at