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KPFD now seeking EventFund applications

Grant money designed to bring big-time athletic events to Kitsap County.

The Kitsap Public Facilities District (KPFD) is awarding grants from its EventFund program to support and help organizations hold and conduct athletic tournaments and events at facilities funded in large part by KPFD, including the Kitsap County Fairgrounds and Events Center.

A total of $20,000 is available for grants to qualified event organizers, primarily to market events and draw more teams, spectators and fans from outside Kitsap County. Individual grants from $1,000 to $5,000 are available in each of the two award periods.

“There have been some very nice tournaments played at the Kitsap Pavilion,” said Mike Walton, KPFD Executive Director. “This has been the primary funding for staging those tournaments.”

The West Central District volleyball tournament and the Olympic Dream Duals were both funded in large part by EventFund, which began four years ago. Walton said it’s been an overall success and he hopes the grant continues to stimulate both the economy and organizations seeking money, with the ultimate goal to continue to bring big-time tournaments and other events to Kitsap County.

“It’s been great to have these large events here,” Walton said.

The grants are awarded twice per year, in January and in June. Awards are made after presentations by the organizations at the meeting following the deadline.

The first deadline for submitting grant applications is Tuesday, Jan. 6. The second deadline, for events in the latter half of the year, is June 5.

“We try to spread it around as much as we can to get the most bang for the buck,” Walton said, explaining the grant is designed to help organizations build a solid economic base to host an event.

KPFD is an independent municipal corporation managing Washington state sales tax rebate funds allocated to Kitsap County. It acts as a catalyst for creating livable and active communities in Kitsap County through construction or renovation of recreation and sports facilities and is guided by four goals: economic development; efficient use of public and private monies; innovation; and multiple uses of facilities.

“This is public money,” Walton said.

KPFD was the primary funding source for the Kitsap Conference Center at Bremerton Harborside and a catalyst for the regeneration of the Downtown Bremerton area. It also was the primary source of funds for the renovation and upgrade of the Fairgrounds Event Center complex to a “tournament quality” facility.

KPFD has awarded grants to District II Little League, $2,000; North Kitsap Babe Ruth Baseball, $3,700; Kitsap Stingers Fastpitch, $2,550; Tracyton Public House Senior Softball,$2,350; WIAA District I Volleyball Tournament, $5,000; and Olympic Premier Volleyball Club, $1,500.

Walton said KPFD hopes to extend the program to benefit organizations in Port Orchard as well.

For more information, contact Walton at (360) 698-1885 or visit www.kitsap-pfd.org/ and click “EventFund.”

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