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Town of Franklin schedules public hearing for grant application for Whitmire play area

At their, April 1, 2024 meeting, the Franklin Town Council approved application for a NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) Grant for up to $500,000. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Board Room to gain public input on this grant application.

The grant requires a one-to-one match of funding approved. The grant being submitted is for the Whitmire Inclusive Play Area and will include not only the play area with pour in place surface, but the necessary parking areas, restrooms and connecting sidewalks.

The North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) provides matching grants to local governments to assist with public park and recreation projects. PARTF provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for the acquisition and/or development of park and recreational projects to serve the general public. A local government can request a maximum of $500,000 with each application.

Local governments can apply to acquire land for parks and build recreational facilities for use by the public. A PARTF grant can also be used to protect the natural and scenic resources or renovate older park facilities. A project must be located on a single site.

An applicant must match the grant dollar-for-dollar, 50 percent of the total cost of the project, and may contribute more than 50 percent. The appraised value of land to be donated to the applicant can be used as part of the match. The value of in-kind services, such as volunteer work, cannot be used as part of the match.

For more information, please contact Amie Owens, Town Manager at 828-524-2516 ext. 305 or via email .

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