Have a public recreation project you think deserves funding? Applications for Choate Fund Recreation Grants are now being accepted for 2021.
Over 100 years ago, a Southborough’s Charles F. Choate established a fund to benefit the town. He wanted his estate to support recreation projects, particularly for young people.
The fund continues to give, these days through annual grants decided upon by the heads of Southborough’s main school systems: public schools, St. Mark’s School, and Fay School.
Approximately $4,500 is again available in this year’s fund.
Here are the details:
- The grants are restricted to public recreation capital projects (not operating costs).
- Applications should include: 1) a brief statement of purpose; 2) a proposed budget; and 3) a description of the intended beneficiaries.
- Completed paperwork should be submitted by April 30th to: John C. Warren, Head of School, St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Road, Southborough, MA 01772.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Choate Fund Trustees*. They hope to make their final decision by May 31, 2020.
Last year, $4,500 was split between awards to the Southborough Trails Committee, the Southborough Library, and the Southborough Recreation Department. Below are the details:
Trails Committee Projects
The Trails Committee was awarded $1,442. A portion was to purchase four wooden signs for trailhead map kiosks. The remainder was used for the installation of two microfilament fishing line recycling receptacles.
Last spring, the Committee discussed their dismay at the excessive amount of fishing line debris they found discarded near the Town’s reservoirs. They came up with a solution. Following the successful application for and use of the Choate Grant, the Committee explained on Facebook:
Fishing line can entangle and kill wildlife; it is not biodegradable and can remain in the environment for over 600 years! Let’s do our part and keep our water and landfills free of this debris.
$2,800 was awarded to the Southborough Library to fund the purchase of an outdoor solar charging bench to enable the charging of mobile devices. The bench will be installed by Public Works. This week, the Library Trustees discussed first fleshing out a landscaping plan to ensure that placement of the bench and other items on the property make sense.
In 2019, the fund helped support a project to bring a Rugby program to Southborough and paid for an outdoor chess set at the Southborough Library.
Other past grants have funding includes support for the 9/11 Memorial Field, clearing of walking trails, an after-school field hockey program, outdoor activity areas for Woodward and Finn Schools, and lighting improvements at the Choate facility for the baseball diamond and soccer fields in front of Woodward.
*Choate Fund Trustees are currently: Superintendent of Schools, Southborough and Northborough, Gregory Martineau; Head of School, St. Mark’s School, John Warren; and Head of Fay School, Robert Gustavson.