The Interior Alaska Land Trust has received three grants from the North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) small grants program ($75,000, $75,000, and $50,000), and two from the Alaska State Parks Recreational Trails Grant program, each worth $50,000. All were used for land acquisition for the Project.
The Pacific Coast Joint Venture, a consortium of government and non-governmental agencies committed to protecting wetlands and migratory bird habitat awarded the Chena Flats Greenbelt Project $7,000 to be applied towards land acquisition costs.
The Chena Flats Greenbelt Project has received a national honor accompanied by a grant from the Kodak American Greenways Awards Program. The $1,500 grant helped preserve open space, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities in west Fairbanks (at the base of Chena Ridge). In addition to receiving the grant award, the Chena Flats Greenbelt Project has been showcased as a national model for its innovative efforts to develop a greenway in Fairbanks.
Both government and private foundations weight local contributions highly, looking to see that projects have both the enthusiasm AND financial support from the community before choosing to award funds. In the fundraising world, this is called leverage. Nearly all grants require matching funds in various proportions, and the more local dollars we have to leverage a grant, the better. It makes your contributions hugely valuable.
It will take many people contributing to the effort to achieve our goal of a 670-acre greenbelt at the base of Chena Ridge. This is a neighborhood level project, as local as it gets for all of us living in the Chena Ridge and Chena Pump areas as well as our community as a whole. Please join the effort!