The Matching Grant Program has been around since January of 2019. The program has funded multiple projects throughout the Fargo community. Here are our Matching Grant Recipients over the years.
Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society - 2020 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society will receive a $6,405 match grant to partially fund their project: Fostering Garden Usability & Accessibility. The project will provide path construction to improve access to the Children’s Garden and Edible Forest and better meet ADA requirements. In addition, a structure will be installed at the south end of the Edible Forest providing a shaded place to rest as well as serving as a trellis for plants. A handicap-accessible picnic table will be installed to ensure the space is widely usable. The project is slated to start this summer at the Northern Plains Botanic Garden at Yunker Park in north Fargo. 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.
Post 400 Legion Baseball - 2020 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
Post 400 Legion Baseball will receive a $15,000 match grant to partially fund their project: Starion Field Phase 2. Post 400 Baseball in conjunction with Fargo Youth Baseball are working together on a Phase 2 project at Starion Field intended to provide for a better experience for players, fans and opponents. Phase 2 consists of installing a batter’s eye in center field, flag pole with American flag and tables throughout the facility. The addition of a better’s eye is functional, attractive and will increase opportunities for Starion to be a host site for advancing tournaments. The flag pole is essential to the legion program which requires the national anthem to be played. The installation of tables and seating will improve the spectator experience by allowing a space to sit and enjoy concession stand purchases while enjoying the game.
Fargo Fastpitch Association - 2020 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
Fargo Fastpitch Association will receive a $2,366.17 match grant to partially fund their project: Fargo Fastpitch Main Diamond Upgrade. The project will provide additional safety measures to Diamond 5 at the North Softball Complex. According to Fargo Fastpitch Association, the new measures will include fence top protectors on both foul line fences and the outfield fence as well as the addition of an outfield fence screen. These upgrades will improve player safety for the more than 300 players who utilize this space.
Growing Together Community Gardens - 2020 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
Growing Together Community Gardens will receive a $4,115 match grant to partially fund their project. The project will allow Growing Together Community Gardens to purchase a BCS walk-behind tractor and Rotary Plow as well as a Flail Mower. The new equipment will allow Growing Together Community Gardens to raise the beds more efficiently at their 6 locations ad compost the remaining plants more effectively in the Fall.
Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball - 2019 second funding round Matching Grant Recipient
Fargo American Legion Post 2 Baseball received 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 includes five speakers and new technology so that all those in the stadium can 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 ensures a quality experience for the nearly 205,000 people who visit the stadium each year.
Northern Plains Botanic Garden Society - 2019 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
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 provides educational opportunities on local food and horticulture, connects to nearby garden trails for walkers and bikers, and provides a haven for birds and native pollinators. The Edible Forest project started the summer of 2019 at the Northern Plains Botanic Garden at Yunker Park in north Fargo and is the first development phase of their planned arboretum. This project provides a key part of furthering society’s mission of providing our area with a botanic garden that helps foster and promote community through gardening.
Fargo Youth Baseball- 2019 first funding round Matching Grant Recipient
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 provide 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.
For more information about the Matching Grant Program and how to apply, click here.