The Friends of Tennessee State Parks (FOTSP) Board of Directors announces that nearly $7,000 has been awarded this summer to fifteen Tennessee State Parks Friends Groups. The Grants will fund a variety of projects that will enhance the visitor’s experience in a Tennessee State Park or Natural Area.
Pinson Mounds was awarded a $250 Mini Grant for Directional Signage.
The following Friends groups received a $500 Mini Grant Award:
Cordell Hull – Interpretive display panels for the museum
Dunbar Cave – Trail building tools
Edgar Evins – Updating Storybook Trail
Harrison Bay – Upgrading dog park
Henry Horton – Tools for designated trail tools trailer
Long Hunter – Interpretive signs
Mousetail Landing – Planting native wildflower fields
Nathan Bedford Forrest – Informational kiosk and trail signs
Rocky Fork – Natural material safety fencing for overlooks
Sergeant York – Trail building tools
Seven Islands – Native bee hotel
South Cumberland – Interpretive panels with QR code system for flora
The following Friends groups received a $250 Mini Grant Award:
Fort Louden – Doggie waste stations
Hiwassee Ocoee – Tools for classroom instruction
Teresa Dugger, Vice-President of The Friends of Tennessee State Parks states: “The Friends of Tennessee State Parks is thrilled to provide grant funding despite COVID-19’s heavy toll on our ability to hold our Annual Conference in 2020 or to socialize and fund raise. We had $7,000 budgeted for the 2021 awards and were able to fully fund twelve grant requests at the maximum of $500 and partially fund three other requests. We were impressed by the number of applicants as well as the quality of the projects proposed. We appreciate all of our State Parks all-volunteer Friends Groups and the work they do”.
For more information about FOTSP or to donate to the grants program, please visit www.friendsoftennesseestateparks.org