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KTA Introduces NEW Mini Grant Program

The purpose of the KTA Mini Grant program is to provide funding for projects that will advance the mission of Kingdom Trails while expressing our gratitude to the communities that host us.

KTA Mini Grant Program

Mission:

The mission of the Kingdom Trail Association is to provide recreation and education opportunities by managing, maintaining, and building trails to foster the health of our local community, surrounding environment, and regional economy.

We strive to accomplish this mission by offering a 100+ miles of quality, non-motorized, multi-use trails for all levels of ability, conserving the natural diversity and heritage of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom through collaboration and stewardship.

What makes our communities and trail network one of the greatest destinations in North America are the generous landowners who allow Kingdom Trails to manage and maintain trails through their beautiful properties. Nowhere else are there 94 continuous private landowners with the foresight to make this network what it is today. Our landowners play a key role in vitalizing our region, providing a quality experience, and healthy outlet for local residents and visitors.

Purpose:

The Kingdom Trail Association introduces our KTA Mini Grant program. The purpose of the KTA Mini Grant program is to provide funding for projects that will advance the mission of Kingdom Trails while expressing our gratitude to the communities that host us.

Kingdom Trails hopes that our new Mini Grant program will help highlight and advance valuable local endeavors that focus on projects that promote one or more of the following KTA objectives:

  • Recreation, Health & Wellness
  • Education & Training
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Economic Viability
  • Heritage & Culture
  • Creative Arts

The KTA Mini Grant program will award funds to projects in Burke, East Haven, Kirby, and Lyndonville that further our mission, increase the capabilities and capacity of other local organizations and groups, focus on developing a sustainable economy, as well as aim to improve the quality of life for people in our community.

Contact:

Please direct all questions to Kingdom Trail Association, grants@kingdomtrails.org

Learn more about the Kingdom Trail Association at our website, www.kingdomtrails.org

Grant Cycle & Application Deadline:

Grants will be awarded once a year.

Grant application will be available for download on KTA website.

Announcement of grant opportunity will be distributed through a press release in the Caledonia Record, KTA social media, as well as KTA notification email to the 4 involved municipalities and area organizations who may also be able to aid in distribution; NVDA, NCIC, NEK Collaborative, Kingdom East School District, Northern Vermont University, DoNorth Co-working, etc.

If you would like to be on KTA’s grant distribution list, to receive immediate notification upon grant application availability, please send contact info to grant@kingdomtrails.org

Applications are due Friday, September 20th 2019 4pm. Applications must be submitted to, grants@kingdomtrails.org

Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted or considered for funding.

Funding:

The amount of funding available will be announced prior to the opening of each grant cycle and will vary from year to year.

In 2019, $25,000 will be available for KTA Mini Grant funding.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the amount they need to complete their project, up to that amount. Applicant’s request for funds may not exceed $5,000. Applicants may be awarded full, partial, or no funding.

Eligibility:

Individuals, groups, or agencies with a project that advances the mission of the Kingdom Trail Association may apply. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations, schools, governments or collaboratives. Eligible applicants also may include individuals, teachers, or groups (2 or more) of youth or adults who are working on projects in our community and who need resources to move their projects forward. Individuals or groups who submit an application must submit the name of an adult, over the age of 25 who will be responsible for the project.

All individuals, groups, or agencies applying for KTA Mini Grants must be based in Burke, East Haven, Kirby, or Lyndonville, Vermont, applying for a project benefiting these communities.

Project Criteria:

  • Must benefit the communities of Lyndonville, Burke, Kirby, or East Haven, VT
  • Request for funds may not exceed $5,000
  • May not be used as a means of generating profit
  • Must comply with all Federal, State, and local laws
  • Must advance the mission of the Kingdom Trail Association
  • Must promote one or more of the outlined KTA objectives
  • Must have at least 1 outcome that can be evaluated

How to Apply:

Download Application: KTA Mini Grant Application

All requests for funding must be submitted by the deadline and include:

  • Cover Page
  • Project Description
  • Budget
  • Work Plan

Due within the year if awarded:

  • Evaluation Report

Application Review:

All submitted grant requests will be reviewed by the KTA Executive Director to ensure applications are submitted on time, complete and meet all requirements.

Grant requests will then be read and scored by the KTA Mini Grant Committee. The Committee determines final approval of all grants awarded. The Committee may not be able to fund all qualifying requests. However, all requests which meet the funding guidelines of the KTA Mini Grant program will be given full consideration by the Committee.

The Kingdom Trail Association does not discriminate based on race, religion, sexual preference, physical circumstances or national origin. Applicants must hold similar standards. Grant applications from organizations known to have discriminatory policies will not be considered.

Applicants will be notified of their funding status no later than 1 month following the submission deadline, unless notified of a delay.

Requirements for Awarded Recipients:

Applicants who receive funding must:

  • Sign and return a grant acceptance letter within two weeks of award notification
  • Notify Kingdom Trails when requested funds are needed for a project at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Complete and submit Evaluation Report within one year of receiving funds
  • Express thanks to the Kingdom Trail Association in a public manner; press release, project promotion material, social media post, signage, etc.

No Extension Policy

Grant funds must be used within 1 year of being awarded. If funds have not been utilized within the year, there will be no extension. If project is not implemented within a year of being awarded, funds will not be distributed.

Download Application: KTA Mini Grant Application