The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) exists to protect, promote, and enhance the Virginia Capital Trail, and to serve as a resource, community builder, and connector to other trails throughout the Commonwealth. The Capital Trail Outdoor Equity Fund was established in 2021 with the goal of increasing equitable access to the Capital Trail. All Virginians deserve access to safe, protected bike-and-pedestrian infrastructure and outdoor recreation.
Our funding goals are outlined as:
Increase access and equity to low-income neighborhoods through outdoor recreational programs that provide outdoor experiences and utilize the Virginia Capital Trail.
Provide recreational and fitness programming for underserved communities with an emphasis on BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color), tribes, and people with physical or intellectual disabilities.
This grant will fund programs or projects that serve BIPOC, tribes, low-income neighborhoods, and people with physical or intellectual disabilities utilizing the Capital Trail. These programs and projects will work toward building equity and access in outdoor recreation involving the Capital Trail.
Who Can Apply? Any certified nonprofit organization or state, local, regional, tribal, educational or government entity. For-profit companies and individuals are not eligible.
How Much Funding Is Available? Grants will be given a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000. A total of $20,000 is available. We’re grateful to Dominion Energy for funding the Capital Trail Outdoor Equity Fund. VCTF is also funding this program because of our belief in equity in the outdoors.
What Will Be Funded? Program and operating expenditures.
How To Apply? Apply through our online application by August 12th 2022.
Are There Final Report Obligations? Grantees must complete a final report by December 8th 2023. If a final report is not received, funding may be asked to be returned to the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation. In order to reapply for the next grant cycle, the final report must be submitted.