Great news! Fair Grove Senior Center’s Neighborhood Assistance Program project reached it’s goal. This was a $350,000 tax credit project. What that meant to us is that certain Missouri taxpayers donated $500,000 to Fair Grove’s Senior Center and they in turn will receive a total of $350,000 in tax credits.
That money has been added to our building fund held by Community Foundation of the Ozarks. We have also been approved for a substantial grant from Greene County Senior Citizens’ Services Fund (GCSCSF). The Community Development Block Grant previously approved will be added to that total. Even so, we are still a bit short of having our project completely funded AND before we can touch any of the $250,000 Community Development Block Grant money, we must spend $668,872, with that money coming from our building fund at Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) fund, the GCSCSF grant, and any other money we might have—for example. our checking account, etc. To date, we are still about $6,000 short of $668,872, so we must somehow raise that amount in the next year or so. The difference between $668,872 and the combined total we have in NAP and our CFO building fund is needed to cover administrative, engineering, architectural and related fees. Reducing those fees is helpful in cutting the overall cost of the project, but does not relieve us of the obligation to raise the $6,000.
All that money must go toward the building itself. When the building is complete, we must fill it with tables, chairs, silverware, kitchen equipment, and everything else needed to run a senior center. Then we have to do exterior work like parking lot paving and landscaping to meet Fair Grove building codes.
On May 2nd we had a silent auction and pizza night at Hilltop Pizza. The proceeds from the silent auction, along with a portion of the tips and gross sales netted us $1,091!
We will continue to have fundraisers this summer to help offset our shortfall. In April we started running a cash raffle. This will help bring in some money, but we will need more. We need generous donors like you to help us meet this need. If you can help, see our Donations page and donate to our building fund at CFO or complete and mail the donor form. Both of these options are links highlighted in red.