The Fargo Park District Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of the second round of the 2019 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 Fargo Park District Foundation is excited to partner with Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball through our Grant Match Program,” shared Brian Arett, Fargo Park District Foundation Director. “Our hope is that this program will provide opportunities to support projects, like that of this outstanding organizations, that enrich the lifestyle of our community through recreation.”

Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball will receive a $9,900 match grant to partially fund the replacement of the decades old public address system at the 52+ year old Jack Williams Stadium. Legion Post 2 baseball involves three different teams: Bombers, Jets and Post 2 who all call the stadium home. According to Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball, the new PA system will include five speakers and new technology so that all those in the stadium will clearly hear the National Anthem, severe weather announcements, player announcements, scores, and anything else pertinent to the venue, players and fans. With the number of home games and tournaments held at the stadium, the new PA system is needed in order to ensure a quality experience for the nearly 205,000 people who visit the stadium each year.

The Matching Grant Program provides a dollar-for-dollar match. The project sponsor must certify that they have the necessary funds for their share of the total estimated project’s cost in order to be considered for the program. Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball joins previous grant round recipients Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and Fargo Youth Baseball as the three organizations selected by the Fargo Park District Foundation Board in the inaugural year of the Matching Grant program. Programs not selected as part of this year’s funding cycles are welcome to reapply in 2020.

The Fargo Park District Foundation considers applications for the Matching Grant program twice a year. In order to be considered for the next funding cycle, applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on January 1, 2020. 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 at fargoparks.com/park-district-foundation.html.