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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
City of Knoxville Receives Wellmark MATCH Grant for Trails
The City of Knoxville is pleased to announce it has been approved to receive a $75,000 Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant from The Wellmark Foundation. These funds will be used as a part of Knoxville’s phase two of the Competine Creek Trail. Trails have been a City priority since results of a 2014 Community Survey showed strong support for expansion of Knoxville’s trail system. Phase two will extend the trail from its current end just south of the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics east along the Competine Creek to Fifth Street. “The City of Knoxville is thrilled by the news of the MATCH Grant and to provide this amenity to the community” stated Knoxville Mayor Brian Hatch. “This award not only provides funds to this project, but gives an added incentive to those who would like to support the Competine Creek Trail.” To receive the $75,000 from The Wellmark Foundation, the City of Knoxville must match $75,000 in funding by Dec. 12. Per requirements of the grant as put forward by The Wellmark Foundation, at least 50 percent of the match must come from newly committed dollars. For the city this means $37,500 in new funds must be collected between now and the Dec.12 deadline.“The MATCH grant program is designed to bring funders together to support larger community health programs,” said Stephanie Perry, The Wellmark Foundation manager. “The Competine Creek Trail is a great example of how the City of Knoxville is focused on providing opportunities for residents to be active for many years to come.”Knoxville is grateful to The Wellmark Foundation for this generous award and excited to move this project forward with the help of donations from the community.