2011 Friends Chapter Grants

Friends is pleased to announce the 2011 Chapter Grants have been awarded!  For the second year in a row, memberships and donations have allowed Friends to award grants to chapters across the state for much needed site improvements.  This year the grants are especially important due to the over $100 million backlog in maintenance and repair impacting Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.  Chapters are able to put this money to use with locally raised funds to make a real difference in their respective parks and historic sites.  The result of the grants program will be over $271,000 in site improvements! In addition to these grants, many chapters also received smaller grants for smaller projects.  Read on to see the grant recipients.

Chapter

Project

Grant Amount

Local Funds

Estimated Project Cost

Friends of A. H. Stephens

Provide electricity for Equestrian Campground

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Amicalola Falls

Rennovation of campground restroom and laundry room and repair entrance handrails

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Cloudland Canyon

Improvements to Interpretive Center

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Dahlonega Gold Musem

Engraved brick and stone for donors, rebuild brick and stone raised planters around outside trees.

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of DNR Search & Rescue Team

Wilderness First Responder Certification for DNR Search & Rescue members

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Elijah Clark

Purchase ten canoes for guest use

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Ft. Yargo

Add restrooms and changing area at the mountain bike parking lot

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Georgia Veterans

Create new playground area for families who use the park's beach, picnic and recreational areas

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Hard Labor Creek

Update and repair trails including gravel and signs; CCC Project for preservation of several buildings

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Insect control and leaf removal to enhance public programs

$3,317

$3,317

$6,634

Friends of Indian Springs

Update and rennovation of Stone Pavilion

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of James H. Floyd

Concrete Restrooms for Pioneer Cabins

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Kolomoki Mounds

Purchase and install new floating dock for Lake Kolomoki Campground

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Little Ocmulgee

Convert campground site into ADA campsite with ADA picnic table, lantern holder and fire pit

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of New Echota

Fund historic interpretive programming for the site

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Panola Mountain

Site maintenance and improvements

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Red Top Mountain

Site beautification and safety improvements for park office/cabin area

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Reed Bingham

Build storage shelter for two pontoon boats

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of SAM Shortline

Purchase pumping equipment for train, improve kitchen facilities on board to ensure EPA compliance

$5,000

$21,975

$26,975

Friends of Smithgall Woods

Build stone & wood information panel on Hwy75, additional marketing efforts

$4,000

$4,000

$8,000

Friends of Tallulah Gorge

Observation deck: Phase 1 ADA Compliant viewing platform along the Gorge

$5,000

$15,000

$20,000

Friends of Tugaloo

Provide terraced seating, grass & trees

$2,300

$2,300

$4,600

Friends of Unicoi

Purchase energy saving washers & dryers for campground and laundry facilities and increase on-site awareness

$5,000

$5,000

$10,000

Friends of Victoria Bryant

Materials for RV Campsites

$3,000

$3,000

$6,000

Friends of Wormsloe

Five new interpretive signs: Noble Jones, tabby ruins, shell midden, marsh overlook, plants

$4,000

$4,000

$8,000