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Lt. Gov Crouch, IHCDA launch crowdfunding campaign for the Fishing Line Trail

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:45am

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$35,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative

Noble County, Ind. Lt. Gov Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today announced a partnership to increase safety and accessibility for the Fishing Line Trail in Noble County.

Noble Trails, Inc. must reach its goal of $35,000 by Oct. 9, 2021, to receive a matching grant from IHCDA to pave a section of trail, implement signage and landscape the Fishing Line Trail. The section of the trail is unpaved and unkept, forcing trail goers to use two narrow county roads. 

"The Fishing Line Trail project is the missing piece of a much-needed outdoor space for Hoosiers in Noble County and northeast Indiana," Crouch said. "Linking these two sections will provide a safer trail system for community members to enjoy for years to come."

Noble Trails, Inc. is working to develop a network of trails to connect communities throughout Noble County. The Fishing Line Trail project will help link Kendallville and Rome City by paving a missing section of trail. Currently, trail users are forced onto a busy State Road to travel from one section to the next. 

"We have a great opportunity to increase the use of the Fishing Line Trail as well as increasing safety to keep our people healthy and happy thanks to this campaign and matching grant,” said Deanna Spidel, Noble Trails Treasurer. “By investing in this project, you are investing in our community and we are proud to ask for your support."

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.

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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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 our website.

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