Mastenbrook Grants: Good for Parks
A source of funds for ideas in parks
There is no shortage of great ideas, however without a bit of organization and financial backing many ideas never become reality. That's where the Fairfax County Park Authority's Mastenbrook Grant Program makes a difference.
Mastenbrook Grants provide limited matching funds for projects in Fairfax County parks. Since 1999, more than 60 Mastenbrook Grant projects have been completed. There have been dog parks, playgrounds, greenhouses and shade gardens constructed as well as tree plantings.
In 1998, John Mastenbrook, a 21-year veteran of the Fairfax County Park Authority Board, suggested the creation of a grant program to encourage public and private ventures that would improve Fairfax County parks and park facilities. The program's aim was to fill a gap between limited bond funding and the community's desire for new neighborhood facilities. This concept became the Mastenbrook Volunteer Matching Fund Grant Program which has been well-received by the public and has resulted in wonderful ideas coming to life.
Individuals or groups can apply for capital development funds for local park projects. This is a flexible program which allows volunteers to match funds or provide in-kind services. The target maximum amount of grant funding is $10,000 per project, and matching funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. Individuals or groups can apply for capital development funds for a local park project. Organizations are limited to one approved project per fiscal year.
Each application is reviewed by park staff, which then makes a recommendation to the Park Authority Board. The Board makes the final decision on funding. The proposed projects must address Park Authority needs and must serve the general public. Project designs must meet all Park Authority standards and code requirements.
Neighborhood and housing associations, environmental groups, sports leagues, Boy Scouts, churches and individuals have received Mastenbrook funds for projects. For more information, contact the Park Operations Division at 703-324-8591.