Community to raise $50K for 12 Points Revitalization effort to receive state funded matching grant

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A new Crowdfunding campaign launched Friday under the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program aims to match $50,000 for Terre Haute’s 12 Points Revitalization effort.

The community has 45 days to help the group raise $50,000, the deadline is June 7.

Donations are being accepted through Patronicity, click the link here to donate.

The money will add a ‘Welcome to Historic 12 Points’ gateway sign across Lafayette Avenue near Great Giorno Italian restaraunt and Gold Medal Plaza Park, the money will also add bike racks to the neighborhood.

It will also contribute to adding string lights across the street from Lafayette to Linden, plus free WiFi will be made available in Gold Medal Plaza.

“When we have the string lights over the street, we really want to make 12 Points a destination. There’s going to be a lot of growth in Terre Haute in the next 18-24 months and we want 12 Points to be a part of that. So we want people to come to Terre Haute, Google things to do, and have 12 Points and those string lights and that sign and lots of murals around the neighborhood be something that someone from out of town wants to see as well as people who live right around here,” Tiffany Baker, Economic Development Chair with 12 Points Revitalization, said.

Baker says it’s so important for the community to help them reach their goal by June 7.

“It’s really important for us to raise the $50,000 in that 45 days, that’s the only way they’ll match if we reach our goal, so it’s so important to give right now.”

Baker adds that this weekend a group from Rose-Hulman will be out painting murals in the 12 Points neighborhood and Son’s Spice Co. will open Saturday.

Baker says there are a variety of events being planned in the neighborhood that these funds will assist.

“We have a car show coming up on July 10th and that’s hosted by the 12 Points Revitalization team, The Local Vinyl, Eleanor who runs that shop is looking to have a music festival. Maryland Community Church is working with Studio 12 to host an event in September of this year. So we want to have lots of events, we want to have lots of people out in 12 Points and this capital campaign will just make it a destination for even more people.”

“We are pleased to partner with 12 Points Revitalization, in its effort to inspire economic growth in Terre Haute,” Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch said in a press release.

“This new streetscape project will help bring several new and vibrant amentities for residents and visitors of the historic 12 Points neighborhood to enjoy,” she said.

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $4.7 million in public funds and an additional $3.8 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.

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