The Partnership has received grant funding to conduct a cultural landscape assessment of Michaux State Forest.


Assistance sought to design and develop updated South Mountain Partnership website.


Grant funding available for tree planting projects in PA communities.


The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau and the Cumberland County Planning Department are currently accepting applications for separate grant programs.


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South Mountain Partnership to complete

Cultural Landscape Assessment



The South Mountain Partnership secured grant funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to complete a Cultural Landscape Assessment of Michaux State Forest


Cultural landscapes are distinctive landscapes that have been shaped by humans through the conscious or unconscious manipulation of natural systems. Cultural landscapes offer a lens through which to consider how people have adapted to and changed the landscapes upon which they live, and thus can reflect social and cultural attitudes of individuals and communities; a comprehensive understanding of such landscapes can be central to understanding how we have gotten to where we are today, both physically on the landscape and culturally within communities.


This Cultural Landscape Assessment will identify and document the key historic themes of the Forest, and is a first phase of the broader South Mountain Cultural Heritage Plan. Stay tuned for more information as this project gets underway this fall!




websiterfpSouth Mountain Partnership releases RFP:

Website Design and Development Assistance Sought




Click here to download the RFP



The South Mountain Partnership has issued a Request for Proposals for a project to design and develop a new, updated South Mountain Partnership website. Proposals are requested by a deadline by Friday, July 18th.


Please circulate to anyone you know of may be interested in a submitting a proposal.


Questions should be directed to Jonathan Peterson.


Funding Opportunity:

TreeVitalize Grant Funds available to Plant Trees in PA Communities



TreeVitalize is a Department of Conservation and Natural Resources partnership to restore tree cover in communities across Pennsylvania.  DCNR-Bureau of Forestry is partnering with the Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council to offer a grant funding opportunity to help communities plant trees in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. Applications for matching grants of up to $30,000 for tree plantings in public rights-of-ways and parks are currently being accepted through a deadline of July 15th, 2014. Interested parties should contact Christine Ticehurst, TreeVitalize Program Administrator with any questions on the program or grant application.


Visit the TreeVitalize webpage for more information. 



Attention Cumberland County Partners:

Funding Opportunities Available



Two grant programs are available and currently accepting applications for projects within Cumberland County.


The Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau has up to $75,000 of funding designated to support a grant program targeting Marketing Initiatives and Tourism Capital Improvements within Cumberland County. The deadline for communicating an intent to file is Friday, July 11th and applications must be submitted by a deadline of July 25th. More information is available at the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau webpage.




The Cumberland County Planning Department has opened another round of its Land Partnerships Grant Program, designed to provide financial assistance to Cumberland County municipalities and non-for-profit organizations to support agriculture preservation, natural resource protection, and creation of parks, trails, and greenways. The Grant Program targets land acquisition; park, trail and greenway development; land preservation planning; and water resource management. Interested parties should contact Stephanie Williams, Greenway & Open Space Coordinator at the Cumberland County Planning Department. The submission deadline is Monday, September 15th, 2014.




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