All Monmouth towns are eligible to apply by Sept. 22

FREEHOLD, NJ – 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 Monmouth County municipalities. The deadline for submitting a grant application is 4 p.m. Sept. 22, and only complete applications will be considered for funding. Grant awards will be announced in December 2010.

The grants, part of a competitive matching-funds program for municipalities, are administered by the county Park System and funded through the Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund.

“Through this program, towns and the county partner to providing recreation and open space that benefits our residents and the environment,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county Park System. “Quality parks and open space contribute positively to the quality of life here in Monmouth County. I encourage all of our municipalities to consider submitting their plans for open space acquisitions or park improvements.”

All Monmouth County municipalities are eligible to apply for funding awards. Last year, 21 towns successfully submitted requests for grants seeking a total of $3.8 million, of which the Board of Chosen Freeholders approved 13 applications and awarded $2.3 million in grants.

“The freeholders are proud to be a part of successful municipal park projects,” Burry said. “This is the eighth year of the program that has had 43 towns participate in 90 different projects.”

Further information on the grant program can be found at www.visitmonmouth.com, by clicking on the link to the Monmouth County Park System or by calling 732-842-4000, ext. 4472.

In November 2002, Monmouth County 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.