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Parks & Recreation Incentive Fund


Fincastle, VA– Botetourt County’s Department of Parks & Recreation is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 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 $35,000 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, schools, or property owned by the three incorporated Towns. Repairs to existing recreation property, trails, 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,” said Jay Ratcliffe, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation. “The grant provides an excellent means by which citizens can positively influence the development of public property within their community.”

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 7, 2016. For more information or to receive a copy of the program guidelines and application, contact the Department of Parks & Recreation at (540) 928-2130 or visit the County website at


For more information, contact

Jay Ratcliffe, Assistant Director of Parks & Recreation

(540) 928-2130