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Parks & Recreation Grant Deadline October 1st
Fincastle, VA– Botetourt County’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Capital Improvement Incentive Fund Program.
This award-winning program offers matching funds to community service groups, individuals, and businesses wishing to make recreation-related capital improvements on publicly owned property. This year, a total of $20,000 of matching funds will be available through the program.
The grant program will once again consider projects located on any publicly owned property, including: recreational parks and open space, public property owned by any of the three incorporated Towns, public property of the State or Federal Government, and other property dedicated to public use, such as the Appalachian Trail or other public use trails. Repairs to existing recreation property and landscaping projects will also be considered for grant funds.
“The County’s Recreation Incentive Fund grant program has greatly enhanced the quality and variety of park amenities throughout the entire county, and it has become difficult to step onto a public park or school grounds in Botetourt and not find a project that was a direct result of the program,” said Pete Peters, Director of the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department. “The grant provides an excellent means by which community groups and private citizens can directly influence the development of public property within their community, and the recent revisions to the grant eligibility requirements continue to expand its impact.”
Since the program’s inception in 1998, the grant has lead to over $1.5 million worth of improvements to County property with less than half of that amount comprised of budgeted County funds.
The application deadline for this year’s grant is October 1, 2014. For more information or to receive a copy of the program guidelines and application, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism at (540) 473-8326, or visit the County website at www.botetourt.org/recreation.
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For more information, contact
Richard "Pete" Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism