The Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail has received $15,000 to help with funding for the Bourne Rail Trail.

The organization is seeking to extend the Shining Sea Bikeway from its current end in North Falmouth another six miles to the Cape Cod Canal in Bourne.

The grant was announced by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC, that works with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into rail trails.

The conservancy noted the $15,000 was one piece of $132,500 made available to 10 communities across the country through the 2019 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund.

The development fund places an emphasis on “strategic investments that provide necessary financial support for regional and community trail-development goals,” the conservancy said in its release.

Nathan Robinson is president of the Friends of the Bourne Rail Trail. Mr. Robinson said the group was “thrilled that the [Bourne Rail Trail] has been recognized” by the conservancy.

“The grant speaks to the value of the project and the funding will be used to further advance the effort,” he said.

David McPherson is chairman of the Bourne Town Administrator’s Advisory Committee on Pedestrian Bicycle Pathway. Mr. McPherson agreed that the grant speaks to the value of the proposed rail trail “even at a national level.”

“These private funds will help bring the project one step closer to reality for the residents of Bourne,” he said.

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