Harrisburg, July 3, 2013 – State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) announced the Heinz Endowments Summer 2013 Youth Philanthropy Interns will accept applications for a new grant to promote safe walking and biking practices.

In conjunction with Sustainable Pittsburgh and the Local Government Academy, the innovative “Pedals and Pedestrians” grant is an opportunity for municipalities throughout southwestern Pennsylvania to develop safer, more sustainable communities.

“We’re always looking for ways to make our neighborhoods healthier, safer places to live,” Brewster said. “This grant would help create a friendlier, more accessible community for bicyclists and walkers.”

Funding of up to $25,000 will go to municipalities to create a bicyclist and pedestrian advocacy committee. Grants will be awarded to creative, yet feasible, proposals that provide long-term benefits to the community and encourage safe, healthy practices.

“Every year, tens of thousands of pedestrians are injured in road accidents in the United States,” Brewster said. “Local advocacy committees would have to power to change that.”

Additional details about the grant and the application process can be found here. Proposals are due by Aug. 2, 2013. Contact Megan Wall at mwall@heinzinterns.org to submit a proposal or for more information.

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