Beautify your corner of Cabarrus

June 10, 2013 — Wish your baseball field had lights? Want to add a butterfly garden to your child’s school? Would a walking trail help convert a dull common area into a community hub? Then apply now to receive a local matching incentive grant from the Cabarrus County Active Living and Parks Commission. The incentive grant program encourages community groups to work in partnership with County government to develop recreation facilities that transform and enhance overlooked areas into neighborhood treasures.
Here are six facts to know about the upcoming deadline:
  1. Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14.
  2. To receive an application, call 704-920-3360, visit the Cabarrus County Active Living & Parks Department website or stop by the Concord Senior Center (331 Corban Avenue SE, Concord).
  3. Groups, like parent teacher organizations, civic clubs, athletic or recreation associations and booster clubs can apply for the grants.
  4. Be creative. Since the Cabarrus County incentive grant program began in 1977, the County has contributed more than $1.8M toward projects, including school playground structures, press boxes, restrooms, scoreboards, walking trails, picnic tables, shelters and concession stand renovations. 
  5. The grants provide up to 50 percent of the actual project cost, based on the amount approved by the Commission. Applicants must have project quotes and show a fund balance that covers the organization’s financial commitment to the project.
  6. The location of the improvement must be on property owned by Cabarrus County, Cabarrus or Kannapolis boards of education, a municipality within the County, or property leased to the County for a minimum of 15 years. Projects on school property must be consistent with the respective school system’s long-range plans. Projects on park property must be consistent with the department’s long-range plans. The property on which the project is located must remain unlocked and open to the public.
After the application deadline, applicants will formally present their proposals at the Active Living and Parks Commission’s June 20 meeting. The Commission will submit their recommendations to the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, which will award grants for the 2014 fiscal year.
For more information, call 704-920-3360, visit the Cabarrus County  Active Living & Parks Department website or stop by the Concord Senior Center, 331 Corban Avenue SE, Concord.