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Charter Township of Oxford hires Communications and Grants Manager

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November 20, 2019

Calling all foundations, corporations and government entities, the Charter Township of Oxford is hunting for grant opportunities and now has a position dedicated to pursuing them.

C.J. Carnacchio, 43, is Oxford’s new communications and grants manager. One of his main responsibilities is to locate and research outside funding sources, apply for grants and help manage those dollars once awarded.

“There is a ton of grant money available and we need to begin taking full advantage of it to help obtain the things our township needs and wants,” said Township Supervisor Bill Dunn. “Oxford needs to be more aggressive and more proactive when it comes to seeking grants. As the old saying goes, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ Well, we’re going to start asking.”

“Every year, billions in grant dollars are left on the table because no one goes after that money. A lack of time, resources, expertise and initiative are often cited as reasons,” said Township Trustee Jack Curtis. “We’re hoping to claim as much of the pie as possible by having a staff member who is firmly committed to bringing in additional money.”

The Oxford Township Board of Trustees created the communications and grants manager position at its regular meeting in September.

Prior to coming to work for the township, Carnacchio, a resident of Oxford Village, was the editor of The Oxford Leader, a weekly community newspaper that has been serving Oxford and Addison townships since 1898. Carnacchio was a staff writer there from 1999 to 2002 and editor from 2002 until his departure on Oct. 29.

“I’m excited to continue serving the community that I’ve lived and worked in for two decades in a new and innovative way,” Carnacchio said. “My goal is to improve Oxford as much as I can by obtaining grants that enhance the health, safety, welfare and quality of life of all township residents. I also hope to help save taxpayer money by taking full advantage of outside funds. Every grant dollar that I’m able to secure for a new project, program, piece of equipment, facility or amenity is one less dollar coming from a township budget or millage.”

Carnacchio is eager to hear from any individuals or organizations with information regarding potential grant opportunities for which the township would be eligible.

“When it comes to grants, my door is always open and my cell phone is always on,” he said. “If you have money available, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I’m all about developing relationships and forming mutually-beneficial partnerships.”

C.J. Carnacchio can be reached by calling (248) 628-9787 Ext. 117 or sending an email to ccarnacchio@oxfordtownship.org.

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With the bustling M-24 corridor running through the heart of it, the Charter Township of Oxford is home to more than 20,000 residents (including the Village of Oxford). The township's diverse business community ranges from a revitalized, historic downtown district that’s listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places and has a nationally-accredited Main Street program to a thriving manufacturing sector. Oxford is served by a professional fire department that protects the community 24-7.
Oxford has more than 500 acres of public parkland spread across four township parks and two village parks. The Polly Ann Trail, a 16.9-mile linear park that was recognized as a Pure Michigan Trail earlier this year, runs through both the village and township, and is heavily used by walkers, runners, hikers, bicyclists and equestrians. The world-class, award-winning Oxford school district includes a high school, middle school, five elementary schools and a virtual academy. Oxford will soon be home to the North Oakland Transportation Authority (NOTA), which provides low-cost, publicly-subsidized transportation for senior citizens, individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities, and low-income residents. For more information, please visit 
www.oxfordtownship.net.

Contact:
C.J. Carnacchio, Communications and Grants Manager
(248) 420-6630

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