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As promised, a bit about Community and Economic Development District Grants:

On October 19th we posted an article about Community and Economic Development as being one of the Rotary Areas of Focus to not be overlooked when looking for a worthy global or district grant project.  You can scroll down on this page after this article  and reread the October 19th blog.

cropped-historic-triange-equine-assisted-therapies.jpgWe promised to come back with some of our District grants which listed Community & Economic Development as a primary or joint area of focus.  The District 7610 Peace Conference and the Foundation Reception and Awards Banquet intervened, but today we will begin a series about Community and Economic Development District Grants.

We begin today with the $42,527 multi-club 2017-2018 District grant (partially funded by the grant) awarded to the Area 7 Rotary clubs of Petersburg, Petersburg Breakfast, and the Colonial Heights.  The paragraphs in italics are clipped directly from the application for this approved grant and can be seen on the grants tab of dacdb.com.

“The Lakeview Park Playground/Gazebo project’s objective is to remove the old unsafe playground equipment and replace it with new equipment which will carry a Nautical Theme since it is located new the reservoir at Lakeview Park. The project also includes the building of a new Gazebo that replaces the one that was removed about 2 years ago due to its safety. The project will bring together the 3 clubs of Area 7 (Colonial Heights, Petersburg, and Petersburg Breakfast) in a multi-club district grant and in partnership with the City of Colonial Heights Park and Recreation Department and City of Colonial Heights Lawn Maintenance Department.

The community need is to provide safe playground equipment for the children of the city of Colonial Heights as well as the surrounding South Chesterfield County area as with this location of Lakeview park it is visited by both city residents and county residents. We will also be providing a Gazebo at the park for the families to socialize with their fellow citizens and have a place they could also have small family picnics. The long-run benefit will be for the children to grow up with the opportunity to have a safe place to play and get exercise while making friends and families having a place they feel they can come and enjoy family time and make new friends. We also want this to be an opportunity share the message of Great Rotary Work and partnership with our city to the citizens of the community.”

Lee Park RotariansThese clubs have a great track record completing Community and Economic Development grants.  Their grant last year was completed at The Lee Park Meadow in Petersburg.  That grant had Prince George partnered in the grant as well.  These grants are improving the entire Crater area region.

Just remember that it is annual fund giving that results in monies returning to the district to help fund such grants.

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