Grants for Marsh, business
BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL
Staff Both the Cooper Marsh Conservators and the owners of Springfield Farm have been approved for funding through the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry’s Regional Incentive Plan.
South Glengarry’s economic development and tourism coordinator Shauna Baggs explained at the July 15 regular council meeting the Cooper March representatives will receive $8,902, with $4,995 intended as a restoration grant for building improvements, and the remainder for trails improvement.
Springfield Farm, located on County Road 25 in Apple Hill and operated by Eleanor McGrath and her husband Finbarr McCarthy, will get $27,000.
That grant includes $10,000 each for façade improvement, and building improvement/restoration, $5,500 for property improvement and $1,500 for a design and feasibility study.
In order for the applicants to receive the funding, a signed agreement must be approved by the applicants, the United Counties and South Glengarry.
Municipal council members entered into agreements with Cooper Marsh and Springfield Farm at the July 15 meeting. Both applications had been approved by the United Counties June 18.
The SD&G Regional Incentives Program was launched last August as a community improvement initiative aimed at stimulating the growth of economic development in several areas, including recreation, tourism, agri-tourism, and redevelopment/investment in existing building stock “to support employment, reduce the number of vacant buildings, and increase the assessment base.”