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EDA to award grants in July
EDA gets another round of grant applications


Date published: 6/22/2010

BY EMILY BATTLE

If you watched the Fredericksburg Economic Development Authority's battle over how much Kalahari would pay in fees on the $270 million in bonds it plans to issue through that body, now is another chance to learn more about how those bond fees are spent.

The latest round of applications for JumpStart grants came in this month. The EDA is scheduled to award grants at its July meeting.

A total of 12 applications came in for this round of the quarterly grant awards. The requests total more than $200,000; the EDA's annual grants budget is only $247,000 for the entire year, which includes four grant cycles, so the group has some decisions to make.

The applicants are:

The Fredericksburg Heritage Festival, which asked for help with its "Save the Fireworks" campaign to raise $25,000 for the July 4 fireworks at Old Mill Park.

The EDA contributed $3,000 to the fireworks last year, and agreed last Tuesday to repeat that sponsorship. The decision was made outside of the regular grants process because there won't be another EDA meeting before the July 4 festival.

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 refit 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!"

Emily Battle: 540/374-5413
Email: ebattle@freelancestar.com