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Gov. Easley Announces $13.5 Million in Grants from Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Awarded to 41

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Gov. Easley Announces $13.5 Million in Grants from Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Awarded to 41

RALEIGH -- Gov. Mike Easley today announced the award of $13.5 million in grants from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to 41 local governments for parks and recreation projects.

"Since 1995, the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has reached into hundreds of local communities offering new opportunities for recreation and fitness," Easley said. "These opportunities for new parks, trails, greenways and recreation facilities go hand in hand with North Carolina's commitment to conservation, sound environmental stewardship and economic opportunity."

The matching grants, awarded by the Parks and Recreation Authority, will help fund land acquisition, development and renovation of public park and recreation areas. The authority considered 86 grant applications requesting more than $27 million. A maximum of $500,000 can be awarded to a single project.

The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the Division of Parks and Recreation and was established in 1994 when the General Assembly dedicated 75 percent of the state's share of the excise tax on real estate deed transfers to the fund. The revenue is distributed to three programs: 65 percent to the state parks system for repairs, capital improvements and land acquisition; 30 percent for matching grants to local parks and recreation programs for development and land acquisition; and 5 percent to the coastal beach access program.

Since 1995, the Parks and Recreation Authority has received 800 grant applications with requests totaling about $148 million. The board has awarded 473 grants for $88.3 million.

NOTE: Following is a list of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant recipients. More information about the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is on their website at www.partf.net. Click on "Learn more about us."