Grant funding will help bring Great Falls Grange up to snuff | news/fairfax

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The Fairfax County Park Authority Board has approved a Mastenbrook grant application from the Great Falls Grange Foundation totaling $20,000 to help install a municipally-connected water main to serve the Barn.

In April, the Park Authority and the foundation entered into an agreement that allows the foundation to operate and maintain the property, with the Park Authority retaining the property. To prepare the facility for anticipated expanded uses, an essential first step is to install a water main connected to municipal water, Park Authority officials said.

The project includes the installation of a fire hydrant behind the Grange, which will be attached to the well. The water will be considered non-potable and its primary use will be for landscaping purposes.

Total project costs will be approximately $41,000, of which the Mastenbrook Grant will provide approximately half of the funding.

The Grange was built in 1929 as a meeting hall and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As part of the partnership agreement, the Grange Foundation is undertaking internal improvements to the building, new landscaping and other improvements.

Since 1999, the Mastenbrook Grants Program has awarded approximately $1.98 million in grants for projects valued at over $14.7 million. Grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a maximum of $20,000 have funded projects such as improving trails, building gazebos and shelters, playgrounds, and improving sports fields.

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