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Campaign funds

In 2009, *culture is not optional raised $25,000 in forty days to purchase the historic Huss School property in Three Rivers, Michigan.  To take the Huss Project into the future, our next goal is to raise $50,000 by June 15, 2013 and $100,000 by December 31, 2013. The Brick Campaign offers a structure to help us meet our goal of raising $100,000: we seek to sell 1,000 “bricks” for $100 each.

Gifts from the campaign will be designated as follows:

  • Approximately $50,000: Pay off the balance of our mortgage, which is owed in a land contract agreement with the former owner.  The deadline for our balloon payment is June 15.
  • $8,000: Fund a complete architectural analysis of the building, which will include initial drawings and cost estimates for renovating the plumbing, heating and electrical systems which are necessary to begin applying for grants.
  • Remaining balance: Begin infrastructure improvements, with the goal of having at least one room up and running for year-round use by the end of 2013.

The overarching goal for how the campaign money will be spent is to build capacity.  Paying off the mortgage frees up approximately $500 per month for infrastructure and programming.  An architectural analysis allows us to pursue grants.  Creating a usable space increases our capacity for programming and rental income.