FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BARNSTABLE, MA
County Commissioners Award $63,000 of License Plate Proceeds to Support Economic Development on Cape Cod
Upon the recommendation of the Cape Cod Economic Development Council, the Barnstable County Commissioners voted to approve the release of almost $63,000 in support of economic development on Cape Cod.
These awards are the result of the 2014 CCEDC grant round, begun in March of this year. Fourteen applicants responded with Letters of Intent in the following categories: Innovative Maker Spaces, “Smart” Education Initiatives, Locally Produced Products and Aquaculture. Of the fourteen responses received, six qualified for the final round. Each applicant submitted a written application and appeared for an oral interview with the Grant’s Committee before rankings occurred..
The successful grant recipients include:
Cape Cod Community College: $13,197 for Smarter Education Project using OpenCape RAN in collaboration with Barnstable High School, Mashpee High School, and Cape Cod Technical Vocational High School.
Community Development Partnership: $5,000 to create Winter Farmer’s Market and provide Technical Support for “value-added vendors” in the lower Cape area. This program piggybacks on the existing successful farmer’s markets in the area and provides economic development year round.
Federated Church: $1,000: To renovate a commercial kitchen for local foodie production on Main Street Hyannis, to serve the small culinary commercial kitchen initiatives.
Coonamessett Farm Foundation: $8,000 to research & develop “user friendly” aquaculture regulations for the Commonwealth in order to replace the onerous regulatory maze facing private aquaculturists.
Town of Falmouth: $29,000: to fund Year 2 of Little Pond aquaculture project, which is producing much needed science that measures the levels of nitrogen and/or changes in the quality of the water for every stage of oyster development.
Town of Yarmouth: $7,500 for aquaculture project in collaboration with the town of Dennis to re-establish the long absent oyster population in Bass River.
The source of funding for the grants is the Cape & Island License Plate proceeds that are apportioned to Barnstable County for the purpose of supporting economic development and tourism on Cape Cod.