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Challenge Grants Awarded, Friday Noon, Town Square Park

Foundation Awards Challenge Grants to Community Groups

In partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department, the Anchorage Park Foundation is proud to announce the 2010 Challenge Grant Awards, awarding $341,000 in matching funding to 17 community projects improving parks & trails. On Friday, June 4 at 12 pm, the APF and grant recipients will celebrate the grant awards with an announcement event in Town Square Park.

With generous support from the Rasmuson Foundation, the APF will provide community groups, park neighbors, recreation organizations and parks volunteers with 17 individual grants up to $40,000 for volunteer projects making capital improvements to Anchorage parks and trails. In order to access an APF challenge grant, each grantee will match APF cash contributions with labor, materials, or funds raised for the projects.

“We are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our many community partners,” said Anchorage Park Foundation Board Member David Wight. “All of the applications were inspiring, and I anticipate that these projects will create meaningful change in our parks through volunteer and community engagement.”

2010 award winners include: the Scotty Gomez Foundation, the Anchorage District Soccer Federation, the Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage, Singletrack Advocates, three separate Eagle Scout projects, Anchorage West Little League, several neighborhood park committees and many individual parks volunteers who plan to improve parks and trails to benefit the entire city.

“APF Challenge Grants are a great resource for community members who are willing and eager to improve the parks and trails they care about,” said Parks & Recreation Director John Rodda.  “The Challenge Grants offer an opportunity for parks users and volunteers to apply for grant funding that can be matched with their volunteer hours.  This makes all kinds of projects possible.”

Successful grant winners will execute a wide range of projects, from restoring eroding trails to repairing tennis courts to irrigating popular soccer fields. With grants ranging from $500 - $50,000, community members are empowered to attack projects from large to small.

"This grant will enable us to make important enhancements to the much-used and much-loved C Street Community Garden,” said garden user Tracy Fischbach. “We will expand the usable space, repair fencing and restore the landscaping in partnership with the Park Foundation and the Parks & Recreation Department. This project will give more Anchorage families access to gardening, fresh food and healthy outdoor recreation.”

More information about the 2010 Challenge Grants is available on the APF website at www.AnchorageParkFoundation.org. The Challenge Grants are made possible by a generous contribution from the Rasmuson Foundation.

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