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Kingsburg residents with ideas for projects that could help improve the town now have a way to help get those projects funded.

The Kingsburg City Council approved a micro-grant program during its Sept. 6 meeting that will give private residents, groups or service clubs money to help pay for projects that would improve the quality of life in the city, such as through beautification of a public space or safety benefits.

According to the program, grants will be given up to $15,000 for most projects — or $25,000 for big projects — with the program receiving a total of $50,000 for the fiscal year. The grants must be matched with private dollars to cover the rest of a project.

Grant applications must be submitted before work begins, with each proposed project required to include 15 signatures from residents who support it. Each applicant must also provide a site plan and overall budget for the project.

The City Council will make the final decision on which projects will be accepted. If approved, projects need to be completed within 60 days of approval. A single time extension may be provided upon written request.

“I’m excited about the program and think it showcases the city’s commitment to partner with all groups to improve upon Kingsburg’s overall quality of life,” City Manager Alex Henderson said. “The project is the third public/private partnership that creates a financing tool for sustainable, impactful projects. We’re hoping this program will drive creative projects and applications.”

The first round of applications is due by 4 p.m. on November 1. Applications can be picked up at City Hall, located at 1401 Draper St., or online through the city website, http://www.cityofkingsburg-ca.gov.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2429 or jluiz@hanfordsentinel.com

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