The Jacobson Fund for Belmond has announced the winners for its inaugural grant cycle. A total of $250,000 has been awarded to six projects that strengthen Belmond by addressing critical challenges and opportunities in the community
“The grantmaking committee is thankful for all the organizations that applied for funding from the Fund for Belmond. In reviewing applications, it was amazing to see the good work being done in our community,” said Larry Turner, committee chairman. “Members of the committee leaned into the purpose of the fund and invested in projects that will have transformational change in our community.”
The six projects receiving grant money are:
--Belmond Park Board: $50,000 to resurface the tennis courts at Swimming Pool Park and add pickleball courts, four square and shuffleboard areas;
--City of Belmond: $27,250 to conduct a feasibility study at the Parker Gymnasium to explore both new recreational opportunities and improvement needs for existing facilities;
--Build a Better Belmond: $65,000 to kick-off the first phase of redeveloping the old Ramsay School. Support will be used to acquire the property and build a new soccer field;
--Belmond Arcade Committee: $25,000 for the preservation of the downtown arcade, a central feature that is core to the history and identity of the town;
--BIDCO: $52,000 to support the Belmond Pride Initiative. By working with a marketing consultant, BIDCO will develop a new brand to tell Belmond’s story in order to encourage new residents and businesses to call Belmond home. This grant will also support community signage consistent with the brand being developed by Belmond Pride;
--Belmond-Klemme Community Schools: $30,750 to make improvements to the dome house and B-K Outdoor Classroom. Support will be used to remodel the house for handicap accessibility and new restrooms. These improvements will ensure the complex can be used by the school district for classroom activities and be made available to the community as an additional venue for meetings and celebrations.
A celebration event will be held Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at The Press Room Brewery, 224 E. Main Street in Belmond, to celebrate the grantees and the first year of the Fund for Belmond.