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

Brook, Ind. (June 26, 2022) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign to expand and preserve George Ade’s historic estate into a community gathering space. If this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by August 25, 2022, the project led by George Ade Historic Preservation Commission will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program.

“So many influential writers and artists have called the Hoosier state their home,” Crouch said. “We’re thrilled for this opportunity to revitalize George Ade’s estate while creating opportunities for community engagement for years to come.”

Funds from this campaign will be used to create a one-of-a-kind community gathering place and garden to continue the legacy of George Ade, world-renowned author and playwright. The goal is to create a distinctive and inviting destination for the future while honoring the past.

“We see this project as a celebration of the history of Newton County,” said Mike Davis, a member of the George Ade Historic Preservation Commission. “It’s a renewed vision for Hazelden Estate that will not only recreate George Ade’s historic gardens, but also bring families and communities together through its distinct museum, visitors center, and event space.”

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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