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Editorial — Hopeful funding source: Federal grant may cover some costs of proposed YMCA project

June 14, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has led to a severe economic downturn and thwarted fundraising opportunities for numerous organizations.

Among other projects, a community center proposed by the Watertown Family YMCA remains in limbo. The facility would include aquatics, racquet sports and a wellness center.

Raising the $16.7 million needed for the proposed center was already going to be an uphill task. But this health care crisis has made this aspect of the project even more challenging.

However, federal funds may cover most of the expenses. A grant from the U.S. Department of Defense could provide up to $12 million.

This grant is designed to fund projects that improve the quality of life for military families. The Jefferson County Local Development Corp. will apply for the funding on behalf of the YMCA.

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