Crowdfunding campaigns launched for 3 community projects
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has launched crowdfunding campaigns for three community projects through its CreatINg Places program. Each campaign is looking to raise $50,000 for projects in Clay City, Indianapolis, and Washington.
If the campaigns reach their $50,000 goals before their respective deadlines, they will receive a matching grant from the IHCDA. The CreatINg Places program is open to nonprofits and local governments, and eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000.
In Clay City, the Wilma & Liston Buell Community Center is looking to raise funds to furnish its facility with banquet and classroom tables, chairs, and audio-visual equipment. The center said the project would improve the space for residents and community members.
“This special opportunity will improve our unique and vibrant center for current and future generations of Clay City and surrounding rural communities,” said Dick Buell, son of Wilma and Liston Buell. “Looking ahead, this center and the events it hosts will engage all ages. IHCDA’s involvement provides a pathway to positively impact ‘managing the future.'”
The Clay City campaign is raising funds through May 28.
In Indianapolis, the Englewood Community Development Corp. is looking to raise funds to support the transformation of its Englewood Hall, including leveling the hall’s sloped auditorium-style floor, making electrical and audio-visual upgrades, adding movable tables and chairs, and replacing the roof.
The organization said the project will increase opportunities for community use and collaboration with the local neighborhood, schools and on-site daycare center.
“Activating this 5,000-square-foot space for increased community use in the heart of our facility will allow new types of engagement and activities both for Englewood and for the Near Eastside of Indianapolis,” said Joe Bowling, executive director for the Englewood Community Development Corp.
The project’s fundraising deadline is May 15.
Lastly, the Daviess County city of Washington is raising $50,000 to fund an all-inclusive playground with accessible playground equipment designed for children of all abilities to utilize.
The project is being led by local nonprofit Comforting Hearts and has a deadline of May 31.
The IHCDA says it projects in the CreatINg Places program have raised more than $7.5 million public funds and $6.3 million in matching funds since its inception in 2016.