Archived News Release: May 30, 2019 - The City of Ann Arbor announces the most recent Sustaining Ann Arbor Together grant recipients for fiscal year 2019:
Cobblestone Farms: $9,950, Sustainability and Resilience Small Market – to enhance the Cobblestone Farmers Market and to develop a business plan and educational materials for the long-term viability of the market and others like it.
We Are The Forest / EcoWorks: $10,000, Burns Park Elementary School and We Are The Forest – to engage Burns Park students in We Are The Forest's STEAM curriculum, while showcasing student-led green infrastructure and resiliency upgrades to the Burns Park Elementary campus and garden.
Neutral Zone: $10,000, Capacity Building for Jobs Corps Program – to develop a job corps/development program that creates supportive pathways to successfully transition our most under-resourced youth (18-24 years old) into adulthood through an intentional five-stage process by providing readiness, training, mentorship and coaching, job access, and a two-year associate degree.
Common Cycle: $10,000, New Wings for Old Bikes – to expand a pilot bicycle donation and distribution program with a focus on supporting social service agencies in the region.
“I'm so excited to award these SA2T grants and to support members of our community who have innovative ideas and approaches to sustainability programs," said City of Ann Arbor Sustainability and Innovations Manager Missy Stults. “I look forward to assisting neighborhood groups in developing grants for their small-scale improvement projects in the city's rights-of-way or on publicly owned property in the coming year. The ideas are endless and the passion in our community for sustainability is strong."
SA2T Grant Program
On Feb. 19, 2013, Ann Arbor City Council adopted the Sustainability Framework as an element of the City of Ann Arbor Master Plan, which has four key categories: Climate and Energy Goals; Community Goals; Land Use and Access Goals; and Resource Management Goals. The SA2T grant program is intended to promote and resource community-based activities in support of the Sustainability Framework's goals.
The total annual grant program funding for fiscal year 2020 is $100,000, which begins on July 1, 2019.
Grant applicants must fall into one of the following categories to be eligible for a SA2T grant:
Neighborhood associations (registered with the City of Ann Arbor Planning Services Area);
Civic and community service associations (e.g., scouting, youth athletic associations, bicycling or rowing clubs, fraternal organizations, environmental conservancies or community gardens);
Educational, ethnic, cultural or religious organizations (e.g., colleges, school associations, places of worship); or
The online grant application is available on the city's website. The city sustainability and innovations office reviews SA2T applications on a rolling basis. Applications filed after all funds have been expended will automatically be reconsidered in the new fiscal year, unless withdrawn.
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