By Judy Stearns.
The Purcellville Town Council voted 5-2 to allocate $4,600 under the Town of Purcellville's Youth Sports Funding program to seven of nine organizations that applied. Mayor Fraser and Council member Karen Jimmerson were the dissenting votes.
The recipients are: Catoctin Baseball Club, $800; Loudoun County League ; Field Hockey, $500; Loudoun Timberwolves- Soccer, $800; Loudoun Valley Ice Hockey, $500; Western Loudoun Girls Softball, $500; Western Loudoun Volleyball, $1,000 and Western Loudoun Wrestling, $500. Vice Mayor Patrick McConville made a motion to divide the remaining $600 from the adopted budget between Loudoun Valley and Woodgrove High Schools for their scholarship programs.
Starting in 2008, the Purcellville Town Council annually budgeted approximately $5,000 for youth Sports Grant funding and relied on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) to make recommendations on allocation of those funds. The Board members reviewed the applications, and Eamon Coy, Chair of PRAB, answered Council questions at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8. Criteria used by the PRAB and Council included: number of participants, status as non-profits, specificity of financial requests and inclusion of participants with varying skill levels. Special consideration is given to organizations that intended to use the grants to provide scholarship style assistance to players in need.