$50,000 goal to receive a matching grant through IHCDA’s CreatINg Places initiative
Decatur residents will soon enjoy new outdoor amenities if this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by Aug. 5, 2023. If successful, the project led by the City of Decatur will receive a matching grant as part of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s (IHCDA) CreatINg Places program.
“The addition of a dog park and a revitalized softball field will increase access to recreation, promote healthy lifestyles and improve the overall quality of life in Decatur,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “This project will bring immediate positive change to Adams County and will have a lasting impact on all residents.”
Funds from this campaign will be used to create Decatur’s first dog park, revamp a co-ed softball field and stock a pond adjacent to the dog park. These improvements will increase opportunities for the community to enjoy the outdoor space.
“I am thrilled to have the assistance of the IHCDA with our crowdfunding campaign for the Kekionga Project,” said Decatur Mayor Dan Rickford. “This transformative project has amenities for people of all ages. Whether you are looking for an adult softball league to join, a safe place to let your dog run, or a beautiful lake to take your children fishing, Kekionga Park will be the place to go.”
Since the CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $7.8 million in public funds and an additional $6.6 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.