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Grant requests triple available dollars

The totals are in for the community grant requests that will be considered for Farragut’s next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

Local business groups, civic clubs, sports organizations and event planners are asking for a combined total of $263,300 from the Town.

Last year, the Town spent $156,000 on community grants, and in March, Town Administrator David Smoak warned Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen they likely would not have the funds to donate that amount again this year.

Community grants are funded through the Town’s red-light camera program, which is expected to generate about $90,000 this year.

Topping the list, in terms of the amount of each monetary request, is Knoxville Area Transit with a request for $80,000.

Last year, KAT requested $40,000 from the Town.

KAT operates a downtown express bus line from a park-and-ride lot off Campbell Station Road on property leased from Campbell Station Wine & Spirits for an annual fee of $14,000.

In other requests this year, Dogwood Arts Festival is asking for $10,000. Last year, the Board awarded it $8,000.

Farragut Business Alliance is asking for $44,000. Last year, it requested $8,500. Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce is requesting $15,000; last year, it requested $10,000.

The News Sentinel Open is asking for $20,000; last year, it was awarded $10,000, which is the historical norm it has received in the years the PGA event has been held in Farragut.

A number of other entities are asking for first-time grants from the Town.

Knox County Lions Charities is asking for $10,800. Optimist Club is asking for $2,500. East Tennessee Concert band is asking for $4,800. Farragut Dugout Club Inc. is asking for $35,000. Concord Adult Day Enrichment Services is requesting $5,000.

Farragut Intermediate School PTA Science Lab Committee is requesting $1,200. Farragut High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 3140 is asking for $5,000. Farragut High School Foundation is asking for $30,000.

The schools, which are funded from a separate pool of monies, are requesting $52,000 all together. Farragut Intermediate, Farragut Middle, Farragut Primary and Hardin Valley Academy are each asking for $10,000. Farragut High School is asking for $12,000.

The Board will decide on which community grants should be awarded — and by how much — during the coming months, as it works through its budgeting cycle.


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