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Kingdom Trails Awards KT Mini Grants to 9 Local Organizations

announced November 4, 2019

 On October 7 th, the Kingdom Trails’ Mini Grant Selection Committee met to determine grant awards for the first ever KTA Mini Grant cycle. In its first year, Kingdom Trails received $47,577.18 in funding requests for the $25,000 dedicated to the program.


Kingdom Trails thanks the Mini Grant Selection Committee members for their service; they had to make difficult choices among the expansive pool of applicants.


Kingdom Trails awarded grants for 9 projects. Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application process, scoring projects on such criteria as community need, impact, sustainability, inclusiveness, public support, and a realistic, effective work plan and budget.


The Kingdom Trails Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following recipients of 2019 KTA Mini Grant awards:


  • H.O.P.E : Awarded $4,500 to support the weekly Backpack Program, providing food for children throughout the weekends between school.
  • Fairbanks Museum : Awarded $4,500 for its innovative Earth & Space Science program for 3 rd , 5 th and middle school students in Burke Town School and Lyndon Town School, in collaboration with the Kingdom East Afterschool Program.
  • Lyndonville Downtown Revitalization Group : Awarded $3,000 for the Depot & Church Downtown Satellite Gallery, elevating the area’s creative economy and the arts in a highly visible location.
  • NEK Aquatic Swimmer s: Awarded $2,870 for the purchase of needed pool equipment, such as lane lines and kick boards, to help youth swimmers improve their swimming skills in a safe environment.
  • Lyndon Institute : Awarded $2,500 for the GO! Get Outside! program, purchasing a yurt to erect on LI’s Binney Woods property to serve as an outdoor, place-based learning classroom for students and the public.
  • Lyndon Outing Club : Awarded $2,500 for the design and implementation of a potential bike park on the grounds of Shonyo Park where riders can learn and improve skills in a safe, public environment.
  • Upright Steeple Society : Awarded $2,200 to paint the spire of the York Street Meeting House, an historic public building available for community events, meetings, lectures, and concerts.
  • OneBurke : Awarded $2,000 for a West Burke Downtown Visioning & Economic Development Study to delineate the community’s expectations and goals for future development.
  • Burke Town School: Awarded $930 to purchase a drum kit and microphone for the BTS Rock Band so that students can explore different music genres, improve their musical skills, and gain confidence playing on stage.

Grant recipients are required to submit an evaluation summary one year after receiving the award to report on fund usage and the project’s overall community impact. Kingdom Trails is thankful to all applicants who submitted proposals for this new grant opportunity. Kingdom Trails is thrilled to provide these grants, furthering its impact and expressing gratitude to its host communities.

To learn more about the new KTA Mini Grant program and how to apply for next year’s cycle, please visit

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