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$10,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative

Bristol, Indiana (June 15, 2022)  Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring a new food festival to Elkhart County. If this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $10,000 by August 14, 2022, the project led by Bristol will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

“This CreatINg Places project is a great example of collaboration between community members and business leaders." said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “Manufacturing, agriculture, and food production are a huge piece of Indiana’s economy, and we love to see companies like Monogram Foods invest in the communities they are a part of.”

Funds from this campaign will be used to host the first-ever Bristol Corn Dog Festival on September 17, 2022, and to facilitate upgrades to Congdon Park electric infrastructure. These upgrades will allow the park to accommodate modern stage lighting, sound systems, food vendors, festival entertainment, contests, and fireworks.

“The Town of Bristol is excited to work with one of our local companies to create a new community event, the Bristol Corn Dog festival. Monogram Foods has production facilities in 6 states and produces a variety of innovative food products. Their Bristol facility produces over one million corn dogs each day, making Bristol the Corn Dog capital of the United State,” said Mike Yoder, Town Manager, “The company and the Town are planning a family friendly event in one of Bristol’s favorite parks along the St Joe River. A perfect event to celebrate the connection between businesses and community, and the transition from summer to fall.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $6.2 million in public funds and an additional $5.2 million in matching IHCDA funds. The 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.

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 $10,000 per project.

 

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