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Groups line up for EDA money
For those who followed the Kalahari-EDA bond fee battle and want to learn more about how the EDA spends those fees, here’s a list of the latest slate of applicants for EDA JumpStart grants. These grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, so this will be the first grant round of fiscal 2011. The board is expected to decide which grants it wants to award at its July meeting.
The requests total more than $200,000; the EDA has budgeted $247,000 for this grant program for the entire year, which will include three more grant rounds.
The applicants are:
- The Fredericksburg Heritage Festival, which asked for help with its “Save the Fireworks” campaign for the July 4 fireworks at Old Mill Park.(The EDA granted a $3,000 sponsorship to this event on Tuesday, because the event will take place before the board’s next meeting.)
- Downtown Retail Marketing Inc. asked for $3,000 to buy Christmas decorations. That group also gets $2,000 in city taxpayer money for Christmas decorations.
- Employment Resources Inc. asked for $50,000 to help it upfit the building at 404 Willis St. for its planned expansion of the Gladys H. Oberle School. The group will be renting that building from EDA member Joe Wilson.
- The Otter House restaurant asked for help with $54,454 worth of improvements it wants to make to its Princess Anne Street facade and air-conditioning system.
- The Civil War Life Museum asked for $5,000 for equipment for a “Civil War Life in 3-D” program, and for costumes for visitors to wear in tintype photos the museum makes at its Caroline Street store.
- Penn—Mar Floors asked for $22,830 for a new driveway, landscaping and signs, as it seeks to move from Spotsylvania County to Lafayette Boulevard in Fredericksburg.
- The Recreation Center on William Street asked for $10,000 for facade improvements and new floors and booths. The restaurant says it plans to keep later hours after the improvements.
- The city’s department of economic development and tourism asked for $19,000 to buy bus wraps to advertise Fredericksburg on regional charter buses.
- The Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Fredericksburg program asked for a $5,000 sponsorship.
- The committee planning the Via Colori arts event this fall asked for $5,000 to cover a sponsorship and supplies.
- The Fredericksburg Arts Commission asked for $25,000 to perform an independent feasibility study of plans for a performing arts center in the Amelia Square project, which is the redevelopment of the former Fredericksburg Hardware property.
- The Fredericksburg Area Museum asked for a $3,000 sponsorship for a fundraising event called “Art Comes Alive!”