With a grant from a parks advocacy group, the Concerned Citizens of Montauk will be able to put forth an initiative to diverse membership to the state parks in the area.
The group just received a Capacity Building Grant for $750 for Spanish language flyers and letters. The money will also cover Spanish language translators "to moderate three community forums designed to broaden and diversify membership and engage the Latino community in programming for the park," according to the parks department.
Capacity Building Grants totaling more than $18,000 were awarded this week by the statewide advocacy group Parks & Trails New York to 11 not-for-profit park and trail organizations. "The groups will use the funds to increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership, and attract additional volunteers," a press release said.
Having received 42 applications from 34 counties throughout the state, Parks & Trails New York gave only one to a group in Suffolk County.