All Monmouth County towns are eligible to apply by Sept. 22
FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders is once again soliciting applications from municipalities wishing to compete for a share of $2 million from the Monmouth County Municipal Open Space Grant Program to create, expand and improve local parks.
Applications for the latest round of grants have been mailed to all 53 MonmouthCounty municipalities. The deadline for submitting a grant application is Sept. 21, and only complete applications will be considered for funding. Grant awards will be announced in December 2011.
The grants, part of a competitive matching-funds program for municipalities, are administered by the countyPark System and funded through the Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund.
“This open space grant program is an opportunity for towns to partner with the county in the provision of recreation and open space spaces that benefit our residents and the environment,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the countyPark System. “Quality parks and open space contribute positively to life here in Monmouth County. I encourage all of our municipalities to consider submitting their plans for open space acquisitions or park improvements.”
All MonmouthCounty municipalities are eligible to apply for funding awards. Last year, 17 towns successfully submitted requests for grants seeking a total of $3.3 million, of which the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved 13 applications and awarded $2.5 million in grants.
“The freeholders are proud to be a part of successful municipal park projects,” Burry said. “This is the ninth year of the program that has had 43 towns participate in 103 different projects.”
In November 2002, MonmouthCounty voters approved expansion of the existing County Open Space Trust Fund to include monies for cooperative projects with municipalities within the county. The Board of Chosen Freeholders formally established the program in 2003 and began allocating $2 million annually to municipalities.