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FIAT, School Committee will ‘Go For It’ on grant writing

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HARVARD — “Go For It” is the new acronym coined by the Financial Impact Analysis Team (FIAT) as a means of tapping into the expertise that exists within the Harvard community.

“Grant Opportunities Funding Organizations Related to Interests in Town” (Go For It) is proposed as a formal grant-writing group, made up of town residents, who will identify and apply for funds available for all community agencies and the schools.

“There are grants out there that Harvard may be able to get,” School Superintendent Thomas Jefferson said. “Don’t misunderstand me, we are at a disadvantage for a lot of grants; but there are still grants out there we can get.”

Jefferson added that while many groups in the town currently do apply for grants, it’s possible for a more concerted townwide effort to yield additional resources.

“It would enhance our community without any additional burden on our budget,” Jefferson said. “It’s an opportunity to organize a group that will work hand-in-hand with other town boards and agencies.”

School Committee Chairman Stuart Sklar said he loves the idea and is making a plea to any resident interested in joining the group to contact Jefferson or town administrator Timothy Bragan.

Sklar said he and Jefferson will make a formal presentation to the Board of Selectmen at their next meeting.

School Committee member Virginia Justicz said she would like the group to branch out beyond grants.

“I think there is a real opportunity for the group to look at other things, such as donations,” she said. “By donations I mean of their time, regarding technology or any other type of expertise.”