From the Waldo County Trails Coalition Newsletter:
The Waldo County Trails Coalition received a $750 grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to support production of the coalition’s new trail map. The 46-mile Hills to Sea Trail was completed in October 2016 after five years of work.
The entire Unity to Belfast trail was built with the volunteer labor of more than 60 people of all ages and required thousands of hours of effort. Donations and grant awards have paid for trail infrastructure (signs, posts, bridging, office supplies, etc.). Grants also fund the coalition’s part-time employee essential to maintaining the trail. The trail goes through five towns and connects with 11 farms, two schools, a college and a daycare center.
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund energizes and nurtures long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and sustainable communities using stories, tools and dollars to fuel local activism and social change. Since 1996, the Grassroots Fund’s core grant making program has continued to fund nearly 150 grants annually, giving more than $4 million in 20 years to more than 2,000 community groups and initiatives covering more than 60 percent of New England’s cities and towns. For more information, please visit grassrootsfund.org or call 603-905-9915.
For more information about the Waldo County Trails Coalition, or to volunteer, please visit www.waldotrails.org.