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Applications will be accepted now through Sept. 13, 2013, for events that help improve the quality of life in St. Louis


The Great Rivers Greenway District is pleased to announce the latest opportunity for community organizations to assist the District in making the St. Louis region an even better place to live. Great Rivers Greenway is currently extending an open invitation to organizations across the St. Louis area to submit grant requests for planned community events and programs being held at any of the District's trails and greenways in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County.

Funds are available for 2014 programs and events that will improve awareness and use of the more than 106 miles of completed trails that are a part of Great Rivers Greenway's planned River Ring, a 600-mile interconnected web of trails, greenways and on-street bicycle routes.

Grants will be awarded to programs that connect communities and neighborhoods, preserve nature, improve economic vitality, promote good health and/or provide transportation options in St. Charles County, St. Louis County and the City of St. Louis. Previously funded programs and events include Beyond Housing's Greenway Adventure Series and Better Family Life's Farmers Markets, which have both taken place on the St. Vincent Greenway, Youth and Family Center's Mary Meachum Festival near the North Riverfront Trail, and OASIS's Walk, Hike & Bike Program for seniors, which utilizes several Great Rivers Greenway trails in St. Charles County and Western St. Louis County.

"We are always so grateful for the partnerships and programs that develop each year through the grant program," said Susan Trautman, executive director of Great Rivers Greenway. "These organizations and their programs improve the quality of life for residents in all areas of our district, and it's an honor to be a part of such incredibly important work."

Applications for 2014 event and programming grant funds will be accepted beginning July 29, 2013, through noon on Sept. 13, 2013. Grant applications, detailed instructions, and information on the District's projects can be found at .

Only applications submitted electronically will be considered for 2014 event and programming grants.


About Great Rivers Greenway:

The Great Rivers Greenway District was created by a vote of the people in 2000 with the goal of making the St. Louis region a better place to live. The public organization is carrying this goal by creating community connections with the River Ring, an interconnected system of trails and greenways. The District also works to provide transportation alternatives, preserve nature, improve health and increase the economic vitality of the region. Great Rivers Greenway's district includes St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County. For more information, visit<>.