Grants available for Whatcom County trail, parks projects

Groups have until May 14 to apply for small grants to improve parks, trails and natural areas in Whatcom County.

Amounts for the Helping Hand grants are up to $1,000. Grants also can be used to improve recreational opportunities.

The total grant money available for the 2015 round is $2,600.The grants are through the Whatcom Parks & Recreation Foundation.

This round of funding was made possible by Tom and Janet Boyhan, who live near Everson. The Boyhans raised the money by soliciting pledges and riding 105 miles in the annual Tour de Whatcom bike ride.

Grant awards will be announced June 5.

Find the applications at wprfoundation.org.

Questions: Contact the Boyhans at 360-966-3999 or tjb20@frontier.com; and Dan Taylor at 360-676-6027 or dantaylor@bellcoho.com. They are on the Helping Hands committee.