Anonymous donor makes new 'bike-ped' grant program possible
CONCORD, NH (January 15, 2014) - Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) is a partner and fiscal sponsor for the New Hampshire Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program, which awarded a total of $100,000 to six grantees to support bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects in New Hampshire. Grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 were awarded to the Town of Belmont, Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition, City of Lebanon, Town of Littleton, City of Manchester, and YMCA of Greater Nashua.
The New Hampshire Bicycle and Pedestrian Grant Program was established last year through an anonymous fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects in the Granite State. Nonprofits or local and regional governmental entities with already planned or existing bicycle and pedestrian transportation projects were eligible to apply for the grants beginning in October 2013.
The overall goal of the program is to encourage widespread, safe, and responsible use of walking and bicycling as forms of transportation. Special consideration was given to projects in low and moderate income communities and areas with limited access to active transportation opportunities. Projects supported by the grant program include retrofitting a parking lot in Lebanon to create a safer, separate 'bike-ped' connection between the Northern Rail Trail and Mascoma River Greenway; installing lighting along the Heritage Rail Trail in Nashua to support a safer active transportation corridor; and marking distinct bicycle lanes on 4 miles in the downtown and Penacook Village districts of Concord among others.
About HEAL NH: Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) NH campaign began in 2008 and is led by the Foundation for Healthy Communities, a non-profit New Hampshire organization focused on improving health and health care through innovative partnerships. HEAL is supported by a collaboration of foundations and state agencies committed to promoting health and wellbeing for all New Hampshire residents. Funding is provided by HNH Foundation, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Endowment for Health, NH Charitable Foundation, and NH Department of Health and Human Services. More information about the HEAL NH Campaign can be found at www.healnh.org.