The City of Clare, in partnership with the Clare county Arts Council and the Clare Railroad Depot Committee, has been awarded a grant of $51,874 from the State of Michigan council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant was awarded through the MCACA peer review process and was one of 494 applications to complete for MCACA fiscal year 2015 funding.
The grant funds will used to rehabilitate a portion of the historic Clare Railroad Depot to create a first-ever, permanent site and address for the Clare County Arts Council, which presently borrows and used locations and spaces throughout Clare County for its meetings, art and education training classes, and its many, highly diversified arts and culture programs.
Completion of the project will greatly enhance the Clare County Arts Council’s ability to strengthen its existing art and cultural programs; expand and create new programs; and enable a greater outreach of and for those programs.
Organizations receiving a MCACA grant are required to match those funds with other public and private dollars. To complete this portion of the capital project, the Clare Railroad Depot Committee will contribute nearly $80,000 and the local business and private community will volunteer nearly $30,000 in professional trade skills, labor, and sweat-equity.
The local match funds for this project are available due to the generous donations and outstanding support from the Greater Clare Area Community. Major contributors include the Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Herbert H. and Grace A Dow Foundation, the Rollin M Strosacker Foundation, the Clare County Community Foundation, the DTE Foundation, Chemical Bank, Chicago Vessel Fueling Company, the Clare Irish Committee, The Clare County Arts Council, AJ & Sandy Doherty, Robert Knapp, Anna Pryor, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and innumerable businesses and individuals who are committed to local historic preservations and share a passion for promotion of local art and cultural programs. Fund-raising efforts for this and all projects related to the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic Clare RR Depot are ongoing and are primarily attributed to the dedicated efforts of the Clare Depot Committee, the Clare County Arts Council, the Clare Area Chamber of Commerce, and a local group of railroad aficionados.
The MCACA peer review process used to select grant recipients allows for each application to be competitively considered by a panel of in-state and out-of-state arts and cultural professionals. This ensures that taxpayers, who support this project through legislative appropriations, and all Michigan residents and visitors, will have access to the highest quality arts and cultural experiences.
A complete list of Michigan grant recipients is available by contracting MCACA at 517.241.4011 or by visiting the MCACA website,www.michiganbusiness.org/arts