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GGHF announces recipients of 2015 Community Recreation Grant

The Greater Gig Harbor Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2015 Community Recreation Grant to support youth recreational programs.

The purpose of the grant program is to advance the goals of the GGHF Recreation Core Area Board (Rec CAB), which is to increase the involvement of disadvantaged youth in Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula sports and recreational opportunities.

This grant is funded by donations to the Community Recreation Fund and from the proceeds from their fundraiser, The Big Sports Gig.

“I am excited to see representatives from different community organizations working together to help develop The Big Sports Gig and bring the vision for a Community Recreation Fund to life,” Ric Hallock, GGHF board member and 2015 Rec CAB chair, said in a release.

The recipients of the 2015 Community Recreation Grant are:

▪ Peninsula Athletic Association: A $1,500 grant to provide scholarships for youth participating in the association’s basketball, baseball and soccer programs.

▪ PenMet Park District: A $1,000 grant to provide scholarships for various recreational programs.

▪ Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Race Team: A $1,000 grant to contribute to purchasing another boat to support the team’s youth development and Paracanoe programs.

▪ Tom Taylor YMCA: A $500 grant to help support the ninth annual Gig Harbor Street Scramble, a family orienteering event.

Recipients were chosen based on their impact ability on the community, their implementation plans for their proposals and the strength of each organizations community partnerships for resources and extent of their program reach.

In response to the positive feedback the GGHF received, the organization plans to provide this grant opportunity on an annual basis.

“We received many worthy applications and we wish we had funds available to support several more recreation programs,” GGHF vice president Missy Hill said in a release. “We plan to announce the request for proposals again next year, so our goal right now is to identify sponsors who are interested in funding this community-centered program and making a real impact for as many youth in our community as possible.”

The grant amounts for 2016 will depend largely on gifts and funds raised at the next The Big Sports Gig.

The GGHF is a community-based nonprofit organization that works to address the diverse needs in the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula region through fundraising, advocacy and support.