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> Grants Awarded to Auburn and Mt Vernon Parks, 1st recipients of Small Grant Program awards
post Mar 20 2014, 01:15 AM
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Congratulations to Auburn Parks & Recreation and Mount Vernon Parks Foundation, the first recipients of funds from WSGA's new Small Grant Program! Each park system is receiving $250 in grant money for their geocaching projects, and will provide a report back to us on the results.

Peach&Pete (Annette Bailes), the Auburn park liaison, presented a strong proposal for Auburn's plan to hold a series of geocaching classes, promote caching as a family-friendly activity in Auburn parks, and place new caches to encourage recreation in Auburn parks. Even better, Auburn parks is providing matching funds to further the geocaching program.

VonDeets (Tom Wenzl), the Mount Vernon park liaison, also presented a proposal for geocaching classes, as well as a larger caching program that includes a geocoin challenge in celebration of the city's anniversary, and may include the mayor and business owners as well as the parks.

We announced the Small Grant Program in January 2014. It provides annual funding of up to $500 to support geocaching-related projects in Washington. The Small Grant Program (PDF file) is available to individuals, groups, park systems, and nonprofit organizations working on geocaching-­related activities that will positively impact the Washington geocaching community and further the club's goals.

It's exciting to see city parks engaged in geocaching as a recreational family activity! And note that both grant applications were submitted by the WSGA park liaisons, who are driving the geocaching programs with their park systems. Great to see our Park Liaison Program continuing to grow and expand, serving as a key resource for park systems. Well done, Peach&Pete and VonDeets!

Thanks again to Benandjayme (Ben Hewitt), who created the program, got Board approval, and led the the grant committee.

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