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Lt. Gov. Crouch, IHCDA launch crowdfunding campaign for Playground at the Grove

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

West College Corner, Ind. (June 10, 2022) Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand and improve play space in Union County.  If this campaign successfully reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by August 9, 2022, the project led by West College Corner Town Council will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.

"Playgrounds such as The Grove are vital for exercise, meeting friends and imaginative play," Crouch said. "We are thrilled to see this space become more accessible and engaging for children and parents alike."

Funds from this campaign will be used to create a new playscape featuring swing bays, slides, climbing walls and bridges. The space will also have bench seating for adults and include rubber ground covering for ADA compliance.

"On behalf of the Town of West College Corner, I am honored to be working with IHCDA and Union County's Special Project Coordinator, Olivia Chewning, to bring a new and improved playground structure to The Grove. The Grove is used by many families, organizations, and groups and the council believes that improving this area will bring more people to our small community. Our goal is to provide a safe place for kids to enjoy being outside and play”, said Council President, Emily Bourne, "The playground structure we are wanting to build is really nice but it's more about the benefits it will bring to the families who want to visit."

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 $50,000 per project.           


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