BEFORE: Decatur's Madison Street qualified for a CreatINg Places campaign. Courtesy photo
BEFORE: Decatur's Madison Street qualified for a CreatINg Places campaign. Courtesy photo
Miles and Tarah Wilson found deep-pocket support when they started the Churubusco Youth Foundation more than three years ago to give the community a playground any child could enjoy.

The AWS Foundation in Fort Wayne chipped in $25,000 and the Community Foundation of Whitley County committed $30,000. Another boost – $75,000 – came from the Dekko Foundation in Kendallville.

But there were plenty of smaller donors, too. Nearly 100 people responded to an online campaign through the state's CreatINg Places program. Collectively, they contributed almost $28,100, surpassing a $25,000 goal on the www.patronicity.com website.

That qualified the project for $25,000 – one of dozens of matching grants doled out under the program offered through the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

“We had our $25,000 in eight days,” Miles Wilson said last week. “Getting a match, I didn't think was going to be a problem.”

Since mid-February, the state announced that two other northeast Indiana projects will use the CreatINg Places crowdfunding approach.

Nonprofit groups and local governments can apply for help with projects costing at least $10,000. The state provides matching grants up to $50,000.

Statewide, projects through mid-March had raised $1.98 million in crowdfunding and $1.693 million in matching state funds. A project in Wabash to create a Riverfront Plaza was the first the state announced. And the Mandala Murals Project in the North Anthony Corridor in Fort Wayne also received CreatINg Places funding less than a year ago.

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