Big grant application for The Big Toy project is nearly completed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes The amount on the grant application is $100,000. At least $100,000. Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, has been working with Jeanne Bond-Esser on the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant for The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. The grant has been pointed to since early last year as the main one to pursue for the community build play structure project, which is being built Sept. 17 to 21. The application is due next Friday, April 4. Project leaders will learn in July if they get the grant or not. “The application is done, it’s just being fine tuned,” Brown said this week. “Letters of support are being gathered. Jeanne Bond-Esser has done a lion’s share of the writing.” From the start, the talk has been of applying for $100,000. In recent weeks, there has been talk of increasing that. “It’s a minimum of $100,000,” Brown said. “We are exploring asking for more.” Bond-Esser, treasurer of the Keizer Parks Foundation, met with Brown and Public Works director Bill Lawyer on Wednesday morning. “The applications are submitted online now, so we will probably not hit ‘send’ until near the deadline,” Bond-Esser said. “The grants are quite competitive, with far more requests than funding, of course.” The issue – including the idea of upping the amount – was brought...

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