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$12,500 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA's CreatINg Places initiative
ROCKVILLE, Ind. (Aug. 11, 2023) – Rockville will soon have a better space to welcome residents and guests if this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $12,500 by Sep. 25, 2023. If successful, the project led by Parke County Inc. will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s CreatINg Places program.
"The enhancement of Rockville's historic train depot will engage and educate residents and visitors alike," said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana's Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. "This campaign is the essence of the CreatINg Places initiative, blending a respect for the past with a vision for the future."
Funds from this campaign will be used to restore and preserve the exterior of the Historic 1883 Train Depot, which currently serves as the Parke County Visitors Center.
"Parke County Inc. is excited to launch this campaign in an effort to further preserve our beautiful, historic train depot for many years to come," said Neysa Jones, Parke County Inc. Executive Director. "We are lucky to have such a unique structure for daily operations of the Parke County Visitors Center. We hope the beautification of the exterior will encourage more visitors to stop by on a daily basis, especially during the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival - the largest festival in Indiana."
Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $9 million in public funds and an additional $7.3 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.