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

Roanoke, Ind. (June 17, 2022) – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) today launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore and revitalize Roanoke’s historic downtown park.

If this crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal of raising $50,000 by August 16, 2022, the project led by Roanoke Beautification Foundation will receive a matching grant as part of IHCDA CreatINg Places program.

“We are thrilled to see this project breathe new life into this historic park," Crouch said. “Roanoke residents and visitors will enjoy these improvements for years to come.”

Funds from this campaign will be used to reinvent Zent Commons in Roanoke’s downtown, with a new space that will include a fireplace, furniture, pavilion, and water features, making it a more welcoming and communal space for residents and visitors.

“The Roanoke Beautification Foundation is very excited to be part of the CreatINg Places program,” said Foundation President Ruth Marsh. “With your support we can provide such a charming outdoor space to be utilized by all.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $6.4 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.