The Fargo Park District Foundation is currently accepting applications for its Matching Grant Program. The Matching Grant Program provides a funding opportunity for associations, organizations, clubs or individuals to partner on projects in Fargo Park District facilities or parks. The purpose of this program is to advance recreational opportunities in Fargo.

“The Fargo Park District Foundation’s Grant Match Program is designed to encourage partnerships between The Foundation and various organizations throughout our community,” shared Brian Arett, Fargo Park District Foundation Director. “Our goal for this program is to provide opportunities to support projects that will enrich the lifestyle of our community through recreation.

The Matching Grant Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match. The maximum dollar amount matched is $15,000 and the minimum project size for this program is $2,500. The project sponsor must certify that they have the necessary funds for their share of the total estimated project’s cost. Funds available for the 2019 grant cycle total $100,000.

Projects that receive the greatest consideration fit into the Fargo Park District’s strategic plan, mission and vision as well as serve a wide variety of people and can be used throughout the year. Projects should also have a developmental plan approved or reviewed by Fargo Park District. Also receiving greatest consideration are projects that are on Park District property and projects with limited operational maintenance costs over an extended time period.

In the first grant cycle of 2019, projects from the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and Fargo Youth Baseball were selected as partners and awarded funds by the Foundation board. Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society received a $15,000 match grant to partially fund their project: Laying the Foundation for an Edible Forest. The Edible Forest project is slated to start this summer at the Northern Plains Botanic Garden at Yunker Park in north Fargo and is the first development phase of their planned arboretum. This project will provide a key part of furthering the society’s mission of providing our area with a botanic garden that will help foster and promote community through gardening. Fargo Youth Baseball received a $15,000 match grant to partially fund their project: Scoreboards at Tharaldson Little League Complex. According to Fargo Youth Baseball, the scoreboards will provide for a better experience, better tournament atmosphere and world class events.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on July 1. Prior to submission and deadline, Brian Arett, Foundation Director, must be contacted at 356-1420 to conduct an initial project review to make sure the project meets minimum specifications. Applications can be obtained by emailing a request to foundation@fargoparks.com.

Complete Fargo Park District Foundation Matching Grant Program guidelines can be found online by clicking here.