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NC Parks and Recreation Fund grants Topsail Beach almost $500K

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TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) – Topsail Beach received a portion of a $4.4 million grant today from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

Of 73 state governments applying for a grant, with requests totaling $20 million, only 14 made the cut.

Each applicant can receive a maximum of $500,000 for a single project. Topsail Beach got close to this amount—the board granted the city $439,910.

This money will be put towards the Topsail Beach Town Center Park, furthering the organization's goal to develop and improve parks and recreation areas throughout North Carolina.

"The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has reached into hundreds of local communities offering new opportunities for recreation and fitness," said Lewis Ledford, director of the Division of Parks and Recreation. "These opportunities for new parks, trails greenways and recreation facilities go hand in hand with North Carolina's commitment to conservation, sound environmental stewardship and economic opportunity."

Since 1995, the Parks and Recreation Authority has received 1,425 grant applications with requests totaling about $307 million. The board has awarded 768 grants for $173 million.

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