Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grants, anyone?

I hope that our city officials will avail themselves of this:

Tuesday, Congressman John F. Tierney (D-MA) has invited public officials and business, education and non-profit leaders from 6th district communities to his workshop Making Cents out of Grants. Tierney will be hosting this event and will be joined by a series of expert speakers and invited guests, who serve as liaisons with the community in regards to available grants, the grant application process and other grant related activities.

According to the press release, this is a seminar on available grants for municipalities, non-profit groups, and local education and business groups. There will be presentations followed by an opportunity for attendees to attend a selection of workshops led by the invited experts.

It's Aug. 12, by the way, in Salem.


Dick Monahan said...

I think if I had more time, I would go.

I have been writing letters, trying to get the tennis court in Atwood Park fixed up. Greg Earls finally pointed me toward Lise Reed of the Parks Commission, who has been very helpful.

However, I just received an email from her today that said there is no CPA money for this kind of project any more, so the only way there could be any money for Atwood Park is if it came out of the Morrill Charitable Foundation. But, to get anything from that fund, "the neighborhood" would have to raise $10-15 grand. That requirement, it seems to me, makes it out of the question.

Asking the neighborhood residents to raise that kind of money for a city-owned park seems odd to me. It seems even odder that they found half a million dollars to put into Brown Square, a park that is nothing but grass and a few trees. I'll bet the Atwood Park tennis court could be fixed for 10% of that.

Gillian Swart said...

Dick, It does seem odd, doesn't it?

Ari Herzog said...

Dick, did you relay back to Councilor Earls what Lise told you? What did he say?

I suggest you write an official letter to City Council Chairman James Shanley, cc Earls and the Mayor and Lise, and state your request. Make it official. They'll be forced to read it at a Council meeting a la "incoming correspondence."

I call it civic engagement. For all you know, others (like me) are unaware of this issue and may be willing to stand with you.

Gillian Swart said...

Many, if not most, of the city's parks are maintained by neighborhood and/or private groups. Even at Atkinson Common, where the NHS tennis team does/did play home games, the city did not contribute to upkeep of the courts.

But your idea about the letter is good. The more it gets talked about, the more people know.

That Brown Square renovation is really skewed, considering the state of other parks.