Southwest Corridor Park Mini-Grants for Youth and Family Programming

The Southwest Corridor Park’s Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC), in partnership with Northeastern University, is offering several small mini-grants to community organizations and schools to support educational, recreational, arts and/or environmental projects in and around the park for youth or families.

The mini-grant initiative has two goals: to support youth and family programming in the Southwest Corridor Park; and to build community awareness and interest in the Southwest Corridor Park.

Mini-grant projects can include nature study, photography, history, arts, hands-on science, leadership programs, recreation, health, fitness or other youth or family programs. The mini-grant funds of up to approximately $500 per organization can support equipment, supplies, staff hours or other program costs.

The Southwest Corridor Park has a fascinating history and is a wonderful asset to neighborhoods from Jamaica Plain to Roxbury to Fenway, Back Bay and the South End. It is a resource for many schools, community organizations and youth-serving organizations. The park was created with the goal of connecting neighborhoods and providing green space, gardening, sports, playgrounds, pedestrian and bicycle paths and more to neighborhood residents. Over the years, the park has enjoyed the support of countless volunteers over the years, from those who originally designed the park, section-by-section, and those who continue to volunteer, raise funds and advocate for the park.

At the same time, the park can also be “invisible.” Many people who use the park just see the small area they use and don’t know that it covers nearly five miles and that it brings together hundreds of people from different neighborhoods and with diverse interests. The mini-grant initiative reflects the desire by park volunteers to build community awareness and involvement as an investment in the “next generation” of park users.

For more information and for the application, please visit http://swcpc.org/pmac

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