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Lt. Gov Crouch, IHCDA launch crowdfunding campaign for a Porch Party Indy

Friday, August 13, 2021 11am

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$50,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative

Indianapolis – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority announced a partnership with the Harrison Center for the Arts to launch a crowdfunding campaign for a porch community in Indianapolis.

The crowdfunding campaign launched today has a fundraising goal of raising $50,000 by Oct. 12. If successful, the project will receive a matching grant as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program.

"This project helps create a space where neighborhood residents can come out of their homes and come together as a community," Crouch said. "The Harrison Center's Porching program helps provide opportunities to foster connections within the Indianapolis' near northside neighborhood."

Funds from this campaign will be used to buy commercial furniture and also commission local artist designed outdoor furniture to provide a place for residents to gather.  

“Our new outdoor venues will help us serve Hoosiers safely while continuing to use the arts to strengthen neighborhoods and community” Joanna Taft, Executive Director of the Harrison Center for the Arts. “This program allows us to connect with the community and invite their support of our impactful programs.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $5.4 million in public funds and an additional $4.4 million in matching IHCDA funds.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should it successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

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The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), chaired by Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, provides housing opportunities, promotes self-sufficiency and strengthens communities in order to build an Indiana with a sustainable quality of life for all Hoosiers in the community of their choice. For more information, visit in.gov/ihcda.

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