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Gulfport Merchants Association Announces Grant Recipients

Posted By LocalShops1, Monday, April 4, 2016

For Immediate Release: April 5, 2016
Contact: Daniel Hodge; (727) 366-4086;

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced its selection of recipients for 2016 Community Support Grants.  Two organizations were chosen to receive grants that will be funded by a portion of proceeds from the GMA’s slate of “Gecko Events” in late summer:  the Gecko Artists Show on Friday, August 5th, the Gecko Pub Crawl on Saturday, August 13th, the Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 27th, and GeckoFest on Saturday, September 3rd.  Grants will be awarded and amounts will be determined after the conclusion of all events.

The recipients chosen by the GMA Board of Directors are among non-profit organizations which are either based in Gulfport, or include Gulfport in their service area.  One of the 2016 grant recipients is Gulfport Historical Society, which will use grant funding to create a “Gulfport Register of Historic Places,” including locating and designating historic properties, erecting signage and developing self-guided walking tours.  The other grant recipient, First Florida Frontiers, will use funding to develop a series of public interpretive programs by living history performers and artists during local events depicting significant periods in the history of Gulfport.

Grant recipients were chosen from among groups who submitted an application earlier in the year.  Several other worthy organizations applied for grants and the decision-making process was difficult.  Grants or donations are offered to local non-profit groups each year following the conclusion of “Gecko Season.”  Public art installations in Gulfport’s Waterfront District have also been funded with Gecko Event proceeds in past years.  The GMA would like to thank all organizations which applied for grants this year for their very worthy contributions to our community.

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