Phoenix names grant winners for concerts, festivals and other park events
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board on Thursday approved 55 applications, totalling nearly $327,000 for its new Park Activation Neighborhood Grant Program.
Context: The program is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act and provides funding for nonprofit and neighborhood groups to hold events at local parks.
- Applicants were eligible for grants of $1,000-$10,000 for events including movies, concerts, food truck festivals, youth sports, farmers markets, safety and community celebrations.
- The parks largely serve residents of low-income census tracts with high percentages of households who live below the poverty line.
- The events must be free, or at least have free components.
Zoom in: The city received 161 applications with over $1.3 million in requests from Aug. 21 through Oct. 6.
- The program had only $332,000 available for applicants, so an internal committee evaluated them to ensure the greatest number of grants were awarded citywide in a fair and balanced way, parks director Cynthia Aguilar wrote to the board.
- Some are one-time events, while others are recurring, parks spokesperson Adam Waltz told Axios Phoenix.
Between the lines: Winning applicants included:
- A spring festival at El Oso Park hosted by the Estrella Super Moms Block Watch
- A farmers market at Esteban Park hosted by Roots For Life in the Community
- A twice-a-year youth sports event at Edison Park hosted by Rising Families Inc.
- The Arizona Informant Foundation's 2024 Valley of the Sun Juneteenth celebration at Eastlake Park.
What's next: The city will begin issuing checks in January for the earliest events.
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