No Need to Wait Until Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is traditionally the Tuesday after Black Friday, the holiday serves as a reminder that during all our holiday spending not to forget those less fortunate or the causes that build and change our community. This year’s day of giving is November 30, 2021 but you don’t have to wait for #givingtuesday to show your support for our outdoor community.

All donations made will go directly into the Project Outside fund that is used exclusively for grant-based asset creation, maintenance projects, and small business support throughout the Roanoke Region of Virginia. The following municipalities are included in our footprint – Alleghany, Botetourt, Franklin, Roanoke County, Covington, Roanoke City, Salem, and Vinton.

Last year Project Outside funded 14 grants ranging from small business support, to trail maintenance equipment, to funding outdoor programs for underserved youth. See the full list of all 14 projects that received grants totaling $100,000 over the past year.

If you believe in the work we are doing, please donate this year.

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14 Project Outside Grants Awarded

  • Blue Ridge Off-Road Cyclists: $20,000 to purchase a walk-behind skid steer machine to be used on regional trail projects.
  • Roanoke County: $15,000 to match other funds and install a new Roanoke River access ramp at Wayside Park.
  • City of Roanoke: $15,000 to aid in repairs to the Roanoke River Greenway in Southeast between 13th Street and Piedmont Park.
  • Alleghany County Parks and Recreation: $9,744 to purchase a maintenance vehicle for the 14.4-mile-long, crushed gravel Jackson River Scenic Trail.
  • Humble Hustle: $9,000 for Project PARK (Peaceful Areas of Recreation for Kids), an initiative to improve Villa Heights Recreation Center.
  • Franklin County Parks and Recreation: $7,150 to build a new beginner/intermediate mountain bike flow trail in Waid Park.
  • Alleghany Highlands Trail Club: $5,750 to rehabilitate the 11-mile-long Fore Mountain Trail which is a key trail connector between Clifton Forge and Covington.
  • Catawba Sustainability Center: $4,200 for improvements to a trail being built that connects the center with the Appalachian Trail. This will provide an alternative parking location for people accessing the popular McAfee Knob.
  • Franklin County Parks and Recreation: $3,300 to purchase trail building and repair tools for a growing network of volunteers.
  • Total Action for Progress: $2,880 to start Project Discovery, an outdoor club to connect underserved youth with the outdoors.
  • River Rock Climbing: $2,120 to offset losses incurred by the pandemic. During their required shutdown they still paid employees.
  • Pathfinders for Greenways: $2,000 to purchase tools needed for trail building and maintenance.
  • Ride CFVA: $1,000 for marketing the startup business catering to mountain bike tourism in the region.
  • The Roanoke Disc Golf Club: $2,850 to improve the Explore Park’s Mayflower Disc Golf Course.

#GivingTuesday is Nov. 30, but you can make your donation at any time. No amount is too small. Thank you!