The Fargo Park District Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the first round for the new 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 the Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and Fargo Youth Baseball through our new Grant Match Program,” shared Brian Arett, Fargo Park District Foundation Director. “Our hope is that this program will provide opportunities to support projects, like those of these two outstanding organizations, that enrich the lifestyle of our community through recreation.”

Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society will receive a $15,000 match grant to partially fund their project: Laying the Foundation for an Edible Forest. The Edible Forest project will provide educational opportunities on local food and horticulture, connect to nearby garden trails for walkers and bikers, and will provide a haven for birds and native pollinators. 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 will receive 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. With the number of tournaments held at the complex, scoreboards are needed on all four fields in order to ensure a quality tournament experience and to draw additional teams.

 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. Four organizations applied for consideration as part of the first Matching Grand program funding cycle with Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society and Fargo Youth Baseball selected by the Fargo Park District Foundation Board as the two organizations to receive funding. Programs not selected as part of this funding cycle are welcome to reapply.

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 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 at fargoparks.com/park-district-foundation.html.