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Grants available to local communities

Grants available to local communities

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 9:05 pm

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is now accepting applications for Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants to help communities create and expand parks and recreation services.
The department is contacting local communities about the grant availability, and will host a workshop on June 30 to help communities understand the application process. The application deadline is Aug. 13.
“Gov. (Phil) Bredesen proposed and the General Assembly approved restoring the funds for this program that are provided by the Real Estate Transfer Tax to help local communities purchase lands for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities,” said Environment and Conservation commissioner Jim Fyke. “I’m pleased these grants are available to help local communities improve their parks and green spaces for Tennessee citizens.”
Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants may also be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways. The fiscal year 2010-11 budget appropriates $3.7 million for this program.
LPRF grants require a 50 percent match, with a maximum possible award of $200,000. By statute, at least 60 percent of the funds allocated for these grants will be awarded to municipal governments.
Each county government and incorporated municipality is allowed to submit one grant application per cycle. Cities and counties may apply jointly for one project, in addition to applying for one city or county project. Governments with open LPRF projects from a previous year are not eligible to reapply until the open project is completed.
Grant recipients are expected to be announced this fall. For more information about the application requirements for LPRF grants, or about other parks and recreation grants administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation, visit the website at http://tn.gov/environment/recreation/grants.shtml.
Published in The Messenger 6.17.10

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