January 8, 2018

Riverfront Recapture launches Riverfront Innovation Fund

HBJ PHOTO | John Stearns
HBJ PHOTO | John Stearns
Michael Zaleski, Riverfront Recapture CEO.

Riverfront Recapture said Monday it is seeding as much as $200,000 to fund new Riverfront Recapture projects and programs.

The Riverfront Innovation Fund seeks creative proposals that will generate revenue to sustain the nonprofit organizations' mission to "connect people with the Connecticut River."

The organization, which manages Hartford and East Hartford's riverfront parks and Riverwalk trail system, produces such community events as Riverfront Fireworks and is home to one of New England's largest and most successful community rowing programs.

Riverfront Recapture has earmarked up to $200,000 in reserves to fund selected programs and projects between 2018 and 2020. RIF will support enterprises and infrastructure ideas that capitalize on the organization's strengths, attract visitors to the parks, and foster creative community connections.

"An important part of our organization's success has always been our willingness to invest in creative ideas," said Riverfront Recapture CEO Michael Zaleski. "We're excited about this opportunity to bring new concepts to the Connecticut River by tapping into the talented pool of innovators and entrepreneurs in the MetroHartford region."

The application for the first round of RIF funding is open through Feb. 22. Proposals should not exceed $50,000. Smaller projects are encouraged as Riverfront Recapture may choose to approve one large or multiple small projects during this initial funding cycle.

For more information including guidelines and the application, visit www.riverfront.org/innovation.

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