Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as in-kind matching
The bottom line is that when the people of a community all pull together to make something happen, they can leverage free money into a substantial investment in the future—creating improvements in the quality of life, stimulating tourism and attracting new home buyers. That in turn will boost tax revenues going forward, with little or no increase in taxes required.
But in order to do that, people need to be thinking in terms of possibilities, in terms of what can be done, not in terms of limitations. And they need to be thinking in terms of what contribution they can make to the town, not in terms of the fear that the town is going to take something from them. Instead of turning down free money, let’s inventory our talents and resources, see if there is something we can offer to a town project, and become part of the in-kind matching process. If you stop and think about your own abilities, you might be surprised how helpful you can be.