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Letters, April 17

It’s grant time for parks

The Ashland Parks Foundation (APF) was established in 1995 with the mission of enhancing Ashland’s quality of life by financially supporting Ashland parks and other nonprofit recreational groups and projects.

APF is currently accepting grant requests for support from qualifying organizations. Grants are awarded to groups that make use of or support Ashland’s parks, trails and recreational opportunities. The application deadline is May 1, 2019.

Each year the five-member APF board receives grant requests and hears a brief presentation from each community organization or group that applies. The presentations will be given on Thursday, May 16, starting at noon. This year APF will award $10,000 in community grants.

Requesting groups should complete the online grant request form on the APF website: ashlandparksfoundation.com/apply.

The Ashland Parks Foundation broadly supports parks and recreation projects throughout the community. APF raises funds through donations and gifts from community members and organizations for general park enhancements as well a specific projects such as the Butler-Perozzi Fountain Restoration Project, support of the North Mountain Nature Center and support of the Ashland Senior Center. Gifts to APF can be earmarked for specific facilities or capital projects or they can be given as unrestricted funds to be used as needed for park and recreation improvements.

Please visit the Ashland Parks Foundation website for more information.

Mike Gardiner

APF board member and chairman of the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission

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