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Crouch, IHCDA celebrate 150th CreatINg Places campaign

Program has raised $6.2M for projects since 2016
Crouch, IHCDA celebrate 150th CreatINg Places campaign
Crouch, IHCDA celebrate 150th CreatINg Places campaign
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Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority recently celebrated 150 successfully funded CreatINg Places campaigns.

Among the successful campaigns is the Harrison County Adventure Walk that was created by a Leadership Harrison County class. The project features stations along Indian Creek Trail that contain a page of a book. The story can be read as one walks the trail.

The project received $9,200 from the CreatINg Places program.

“All it takes to get started is someone with a vision or idea of how to improve their community,” Crouch said. “We are so proud of all of the investments that have been kickstarted through this program, and we look forward to supporting more campaigns. I encourage more communities to utilize this wonderful opportunity to invest in their neighborhoods, cities and towns and further enhance the quality of place throughout Indiana.”

CreatINg Places is IHCDA’s placemaking program that allows non-profit or local units of government to raise funds for place-based improvements within their communities. Local project leaders collaborate with IHCDA and Patronicity to set their fundraising goals and target dates and are given tools and resources to crowdfund from their communities. If a project meets its fund-raising goal by its deadline, IHCDA then matches that goal amount dollar for dollar.

The Placemaking Program began in 2016 and has raised more than $6.2 million in public funds and an additional $5.1 million in matching funds from IHCDA.

“The CreatINg Places program is a unique way we invest in communities across the state,” said Jacob Sipe, executive director of IHCDA. “It’s a great catalyst for local groups or individuals to get involved and make a difference in their own communities. We’re excited to celebrate this program, and we look forward to its continued success across our state.”

The program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities — with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) status — and local units of government are eligible to apply.

Project fund-raising goals must be between $5,000 and $50,000 with a target date of 30, 45 or 60 days. 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.

CreatINg Places has successful projects in 58 counties and has a 96% success rate.