PALESTINE, Texas (April 12, 2017) – The Palestine Economic Development Corporation is now accepting applications for its annual Community Development Grant program, through May 12.
Up to $50,000 in matching grants are available for the Community Development Grant. The grant is designed to support community-based projects in Palestine.
Some notable projects that have been supported with these grant funds in the past are:
• Carnegie Library Renovations
• YMCA Soccer Complex
• Reagan Park Splash Park
• PISD Wildcat Golf Course
• Palestine Tomorrow Sculpture Park
• Curious Museum
“This is a great opportunity for grant dollars to be put back into our community in a very meaningful way,” Greg Laudadio, Assistant Director of the PEDC and Main Street Manager for the City of Palestine, said. “Any time we can partner with organizations who are committed to making Palestine a better place, we all come out ahead.”
Applications for the grant will be available by visiting the corporation’s website at palestinetexas.net and clicking on the “In the News” section. The Palestine Economic Development Corporation board will then review applications from government agencies, businesses and/or non-profit organizations.
According to Section 4B of the Development Corporation Act, the sales tax proceeds may be spent on land, buildings, equipment, facilities and improvements suitable for the following project areas:
• Athletic facilities: Professional and amateur (including children’s) sports and athletics including stadiums and ballparks.
• Parks and related public space improvements: Public park purposes and events, including auditoriums, amphitheaters, park and parks facilities, open space improvements, and public space improvements including learning centers, and municipal buildings.
• Tourism and entertainment facilities: Entertainment, tourist and convention facilities, including museums, concert halls, and exhibition facilities.
• Other related improvements to the above: Any related store, restaurant, concession, and automobile parking facilities; related area transportation facilities; related road, street, water and sewer facilities and other related improvements that enhance any of those listed above.
• New and expanded businesses: Any project that promotes or develops new or expanded business enterprises, including public safety facilities, streets and roads, drainage and related improvements, demolition of existing structures, general municipally owned improvements, as well as any improvements or facilities that are related to any of these projects and any other that the Board in its discretion determines, promotes or develops new or expanded business enterprises. In certain circumstances, job training may also be funded.
• Affordable housing: Projects suitable for the development or expansion of “affordable housing” as defined by Federal Law.
All projects must be within the city limits or within the extra-jurisdictional territory of the city. The PEDC board will score grant applications later in May.