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FREEHOLDER BOARD KICKS OFF 6th KIDS RECREATION TRUST FUND $1 million in funds for Union County municipalities
The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders today announced the sixth round of “The Kids Recreation Trust Fund,” a grant program that helps improve recreation opportunities for children. The County will distribute $1 million in matching funds to this year. Applications have been mailed out to Union County’s municipalities this week.
The Kids Recreation Trust Fund provides for scholarships, equipment, and improvements to playgrounds, athletic fields, and other facilities. It was established as an initiative of Freeholder Angel Estrada as Chairman in 2004.
“The Kids Recreation Trust Fund helps provide healthy activities for children all across Union County,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “It’s a program that benefits the entire family and helps make Union County a wonderful place in which to live and work.”
The Kids Recreation Trust Fund is funded in part through the Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, private partners, foundations, and other government funds. It provides for three different types of programming: need-based recreation scholarships, athletic equipment, and facility improvements.
Deadline for submission of all applications is September 11. Applications can be requested by calling (908) 558-2277 or by visiting the Office of Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation on the sixth floor of the Union County Administration Building in Elizabeth.
About 26 per cent of Union County residents are under age 18, or approximately 135,000. Of these, more than one third come from families with incomes were less than $50,000 and are eligible for need-based recreation scholarships funded by the Trust Fund.
The scholarships aim to help children ages 5-18 who cannot participate in a recreation program due to the cost. In addition to programs based in the municipalities, children may choose to participate in one of three County-owned programs: the Watchung Stables Instruction, Trailside Science Center and Nature Center Summer Camp, or Galloping Hills Golf Course Youth Golf Camp.
The Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund, approved by Union County voters in 2000, assesses a levy of 1.5 cents per $100 of total equalized real property valuation for a period of 20 years. It provides funds to protect open space, improve parks and recreational facilities and preserve the County's historic treasures.