The Fair Grove Senior Center held a Public Hearing in the Fellowship Hall of Fair Grove’s United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 23rd. This hearing was a required step before applying for a Community Development Block Grant and a Neighborhood Assistance Program Grant. The hearing started at 1:00 following lunch. Several people stayed for that meeting. Our grant writer (Dorothy Wittorff-Sandgren) and preliminary architect (Stephanie Ireland) were there to field questions. Mayor Tim Smith and a quorum of aldermen were also present. Dorothy asked a series of general questions about Fair Grove and its residents.
We will have to pinch our pennies to have enough money from the grants we are applying for to complete the building. We are asking for $250,00 from the Community Development Block Grant fund and $500,000 from the Neighborhood Program (NAP). NAP is a tax credit program that allows MIssouri taxpayers to donate money to projects such as ours. In return, Missouri issues tax credits of from 50 to 70 percent of those donations. Those taxpayers donations are also deductible on both state and federal tax returns. The end result is that a big donation to us comes at a small cost to the taxpayer. Once we get project approval from NAP we will start selling those tax credits, so stayed tuned for more information.
The money from these grants can only be used for construction of the building. Other items such as kitchen equipment, parking lot pavement and required landscaping must be raised from other sources and those do not come cheap. If you are interested in helping go to our donation page and follow the prompts at the bottom of the page.