ASHEBORO – The newly reconstituted North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority met last week at the state zoo to discuss ethics, lobbying and public records rules and statutes as it prepares to conduct reviews of local government grants requests in the months ahead.
Jason Kay, the new chairman of the trust fund authority, wanted the board to become familiar with its roles and responsibilities before delving into decisions related to awarding grants. The board, which met Feb. 27-28, learned how much funding would be available for local and state grants in the coming year and learned about how the state parks system prioritizes projects in a presentation from Brian Strong, chief of planning and natural resources.
The board was received an explanation of the grant scoring system, and board members Lydia Boesch and Cynthia Tart provided insights on best practices in reviewing grant applications.
Representatives of partnership groups, including the Recreation Resources Services, funded by state parks and housed at N.C. State University, the N.C. Recreation and Parks Authority and Friends of State Parks made presentations during the meeting.