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Connect Grants for Culturally Diverse Communities

From Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Connect Grants provide direct support and training grants for organizations and people that serve culturally diverse communities. The primary Connect Grant goals are to:

1. Increase the cadre of culturally diverse educators;

2. Provide Leave No Trace education for organizations serving predominately Latino, black, Native American, Asian as well as other diverse communities;

3. Provide broader Leave No Trace educational opportunities for youths not served before with these programs.

In 2007, the Center awarded seven Connect Grants, including one to the tewardship Academy, a new student employment and conservation program in Southern California. The grant supported 30 inner-city kids at the EcoAcademy High School, an environmental studies program in a low-income section of Los Angeles. Teams of teenagers performed servicelearning projects, including: bilingual visitor services and interpretation of Leave No Trace principles, facility maintenance and habitat restoration.

Grant awards range between $500 and $2500 and can be used for Leave No Trace educational materials and/or to cover the tuition of a Master Educator Course(s). The 2008 Connect Grant deadlines are April 15 and August 15. The Center will respond to all grant requests after their respective deadlines.

Grant applications can be submitted online via the "Grants and Scholarships" page of the Center's website. If you have any questions, please email or call the Center at 800.332.4100.

The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is an educational, nonprofit organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and active stewardship of the outdoors by all people, worldwide.

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