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$20k Available for Outdoor Programs on the Virginia Capital Trail

Online grant applications must be submitted by August 19, 2023. Any certified nonprofit organization or state, local, regional, tribal, educational or government entity can apply.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is making available $20,000 in grant funding for programs that increase access to outdoor recreation and the Virginia Capital Trail.

Funding from the Virginia Capital Trail Outdoor Equity Fund is to build and implement programs that promote inclusion of the whole community and work towards increasing equitable access in outdoor recreation on the Capital Trail. Priority will be given to programs or projects that expand, create, or enhance Trail access in underserved communities including but not limited to BIPOC, tribes, low-income neighborhoods, and people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

“All Virginians deserve access to safe, protected bike-and-pedestrian infrastructure and outdoor recreation,” shares Cat Anthony, executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. “I am extremely grateful to Dominion Energy, Bon Secours, and our Trail advocates for their support in providing engaging opportunities that bring more people outdoors.”
Online grant applications must be submitted by August 19, 2023. Any certified nonprofit organization or state, local, regional, tribal, educational or government entity can apply. Approved funding will range between $1,000 to $5,000 for program and operating expenditures.

Established in 2021, the Capital Trail Outdoor Equity Fund has awarded over $50,000 for programs that promote outdoor opportunities in connection with the Virginia Capital Trail. The Capital Trail is a 52-mile recreational resource stretching from Richmond to Williamsburg that offers protected bike-and-pedestrian infrastructure and free outdoor space for recreation and active living.

Applications and eligibility requirements can be found at virginiacapitaltrail.org/outdoorequityfund

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation exists to protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail, and to serve as a resource, community builder, and connector to other trails throughout the Commonwealth.

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