Community groups can apply for park improvement grants

Community groups and school organizations that are interested in improving or adding to recreation facilities are encouraged to apply for the Cabarrus County Parks Department Matching Incentive Grant Program. Applications will be accepted through June 15.

The matching incentive grant program allows non-profit community groups to assist in providing recreation facilities in their local communities. Those eligible to apply for funds include: parent-teacher organizations, civic clubs, athletic/recreation associations and school booster clubs. Incentive grants will provide up to 50 percent of the actual project cost. Available grant money will be determined by the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners upon finalizing the fiscal year 2012-13 budget.

All projects must be located on publicly owned property – that is, property owned by Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus County Board of Education, City of Kannapolis Board of Education, a municipality within the county or a property leased to the County or a municipality for a minimum of 15 years. The property that a proposed project is located on must be open to the public at all times. Projects on park property must be consistent with the Cabarrus Parks Department long-range plans.

The grant requests will be presented to the Cabarrus County Parks Commission on Thursday, June 21.  After hearing the presentations, the Commission will prioritize the grant requests and make a recommendation to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners for consideration. 

Applications must be received at the Cabarrus County Parks Office at 2323 Concord Lake Road in Concord by 5 p.m. Friday, June 15. Applications are available online at or by calling the Parks administrative office at 704-920-3357.