CRATA projects would never get off of the ground without our donors! We must have financial resources to build parking lots, kiosks, signs, bridges; to restore historical structures like the Smith Mountain Fire Tower and the bridge over the Channahatchee Creek; and to provide world class educational displays at our trail locations. All of the monies spent in constructing and maintaining facilities for hiking, outdoor enjoyment and education reap the benefits of drawing in visitors from all over the Southeast. These visitors have a very positive economical impact on the communities surrounding CRATA trails.
The financial support which CRATA receives, comes from numerous sources and all provide the needed support that we appreciate so much!
Individuals & Families – The people in our communities that believe in the mission of CRATA and enjoy getting out on the trails we build are the core of our financial support! We thank those that have contributed to specific projects and those that donate on a regular basis. We hope you will continue to believe in what we are doing and continue to provide your support, which is so critical to our efforts.
Businesses & Organizations – Local and regional businesses and organizations have also given cash donations to further the CRATA mission and projects.
Project Grants – To date, CRATA has received two major grants to fund specific projects. One was a Recreation Trails Program grant, through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). This was a matching grant to fund the Educational Displays on Smith Mountain. The other grant was a matching funds grant from the Louise Turner Foundation, administered by Auburn University. This grant is to fund the Channahatchee Bridge project that is currently in the planning stage and will also require matching funds from donors to meet project goals.
Legacy Estate Gifts – CRATA has also received gifts from either estate trusts or the Last Will and Testament of people that truly believed in our mission and wanted to provide a lasting legacy in their name.
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