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

South Bend, Ind. (Sept. 7, 2022) Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign for a new ballpark in the Southeast neighborhood of South Bend.

If this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by Nov. 5, 2022, the project led by Sappy Moffitt Field Foundation will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

"This project is not just about a ballpark, it's about telling the stories of the neighborhood's past and improving its future," Crouch said. "By activating this neighborhood space, the community is also giving local youth opportunities for exercise, friendship, and most of all, fun!"

Funds from this campaign will be used to create a new ballpark for Southeast neighborhood youth that will revitalize the area and tell the marginalized baseball stories of the past.

“We believe this project will be impactful in so many ways,” said Matthew Insley, chair of the Foundry Field campaign. “Our hope is that this project will enliven this space for play, become an inspiring place for telling important stories and serve as an investment in the Southeast Neighborhood.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016. Projects have raised more than $6.7 million in public funds and an additional $5.5 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 $50,000 per project.

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