The non-profit Wild Trails and indepedent retailer Rock/Creek have raised $27,000 for work on trails in Chattanooga via Rock/Creek's 2010 StumpJump race.
Proceeds donated from StumpJump and other races in the 2010 Rock/Creek Trail Series have allowed Wild Trails to give year-end gifts to the Cumberland Trail Conference, the Friends of the Cumberland Trail, and the Mountain Education Foundation, and will fund much of the 2011 Wild Trails grant cycle.
In February 2011, the organization will award its first round of 5 grants—up to $2,000 each—to organizations chosen from the pool of applicants.
Wild Trails hopes to see the grant cycle grow into something modeled after the Conservation Alliance, where club members will vote on projects that are important to them. In the coming year, Wild Trails will be aggressively recruiting new volunteers and membership, in order to grow support for trail building and expansion in Chattanooga. The non-profit also intends to announce key strategic partnerships with local corporations to help improve overall health and wellness in the region.
Trail building organizations are encouraged to apply for grants at wildtrails.org. Proposals are due December 15, 2010. Grants will be announced and awarded in February 2011.