License Plate Funds Distributed

BCREPCBARNSTABLE – The Barnstable County Commissioners have awarded over $63,000 in grants to local organizations and towns.

The money comes from the Cape and Islands license plate proceeds and is awarded upon the recommendation of the Cape Cod Economic Development Council.

The Cape Cod Economic Development Council grant round began in March and 14 applicants responded with letters of intent in the categories of Innovative Maker Spaces, “Smart” Education Initiatives, Locally Produced products, and Aquaculture.

Of the 14 applicants, six qualified for the final round in which a written application and interview with teh grant committee was required.

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Falmouth was awarded $29,000, the most money given out, to fund the second year of the Little Pond aquaculture project. The project is using oysters grown in Little Pond in Teaticket to help clean up the pollution in the pond. Oysters can filter nitrogen out of a waterway. The pilot project is using science to measure the levels of nitrogen and changes in the quality of the water for every stage of oyster development.

The Town of Yarmouth in collaboration with the Town of Dennis will receive $7,500 to reintroduce an oyster population into the Bass River.

Cape Cod Community College received a little over $13,000 to fund a Smarter Education collaboration project with Barnstable High School, Mashpee High School, and Cape Tech. The project makes use of the Open Cape network.

Community Development Partnership received $5,000 to create a Winter Farmer’s Market and to provide technical support for “vale-added vendors” in the lower Cape area. This program piggy-backs on the existing successful farmer’s markets in the area and provides economic development year-round, according to the council.

The Hyannis Federated Church received $1,000 to renovate a commercial kitchen for local food production in Hyannis which will serve small culinary commercial kitchen initiatives.

Coonamessett Farm Foundation received $8,000 to research and develop user friendly aquaculture regulations for the commonwealth in order to replace the regulatory maze facing private aquaculture.