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Downing announces $616K in local community development & tourism grant awards
April 28, 2014

BOSTON State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces that the Executive Office for Administration & Finance (ANF) has awarded four Community Development & Tourism grants to projects located within his Senate District, totaling $616,210.
The program, funded as a pilot initiative with a $2 million appropriation in the FY 2014 state budget was developed to promote community development and tourism in central and western Massachusetts. Activities eligible for funding included: capital improvements to recreational, community, cultural and historical facilities as well as the outreach and promotion of recreational, community, cultural and historical opportunities. Eligible award recipients included municipalities, school districts and not-for-profit organizations.
Twenty awards were given to projects in Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, Hampden and Worcester counties. Locally, the following grants were approved:
  • Town of Dalton/Dalton Historical Commission – Rehabilitation of the historic Fitch-Hoose House. $180,000
  • Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum – Relocate train equipment and build a facility at a new northern terminus in North Adams. $200,000
  • Arms Library Association, Inc. – Restoration of the Pratt Memorial Library building in Shelburne. $180,000
  • Franklin County CDC – Regional award, from Athol to Williamstown, helping to leverage the 100th Anniversary of the World Famous Mohawk Trail to create a unified strategy and collaboration along the trail.   $56,210


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