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Community Foundation Announces Funding for Three Environmental Conservation Projects

Local environmental grants made possible by the Ruth and Lyle Taylor Fund

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville has awarded three grants to local nonprofit organizations for programs relating to environmental conservation.  The funding for these grants is made possible by the Ruth and Lyle Taylor Fund, an endowed fund created by a bequest from the Taylor family.

“We are proud to be able to make these high-impact grants that will provide environmental education for our community and support pro-active recycling to benefit our local public schools.  Environmental conservation was a passion of the Taylors and we are happy to be able to support these important programs made possible by their generosity,” stated Stuart Obermann, CEO/President of the Community Foundation.

The Community Foundation received grant requests for projects totaling $28,000; the amount available for granting in 2019 was $7,911.08.  The Grants Committee is awarding grants for the following projects:

Land Trust of North Alabama ($4,911.08)

Trail Talk Self-Guided Audio Tour of Old Railroad Bed and Wildflower Trails

Grant would be used to produce and implement an app-based audio tour (20 tour stops with approximately one hour of content) for two of the Lands Trust’s most popular trails.  This app would be available free of charge to smart phone users to access a GPS-based audio tour.

Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers, and Valleys RC&D ($2,000.00)

WaterWorks Center for Environmental Education

WatersWorks hosts more than 30 field trips for more than 600 students annually.  Students learn about environmental conservation, renewable energy, freshwater habitats, sustainability, and natural water filtration.  This grant will provide ongoing support for this work, while also expanding hands-on learning opportunities for elementary students and training for WaterWorks volunteers. 

Operation Green Team ($1,000.00)

Plastic Cap Recycling Program

Operation Green Team’s Plastic Cap Recycling Program serves as a waste reduction, recycling, and educational program for participating Huntsville City Schools.  Last year alone, students collected more than 13 million plastic bottle caps that have been repurposed into plastic paint containers, while keeping the caps out of the landfills.  That same year, Operation Green Team awarded $27,850 to schools who collected these caps for recycling.  This grant will provide operational support to help sustain this important program. 

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About Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville serves as a catalyst for making our great community even better.  We seek to improve the quality of life in our community through philanthropy.  www.CommunityFoundationHSV.org