BLUFFTON – Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) announced a partnership with Bluffton NOW! to improve five key alleyways in downtown Bluffton.
“Finding better uses for these alleyways is a great way to encourage people to visit downtown Bluffton,” Crouch said. “We hope this alley activation will support local small businesses and enhance tourism.”
Funds from this campaign will install 5 pedestrian-friendly alleyways to lighting, artwork, seating, amenities within these unique spaces to help make these spaces part of the draw of downtown.
“This is a great opportunity to help get the Downtown Pathways Project from concept to reality,” Michael Lautzenheiser, Jr., Bluffton NOW!, President. “This project will continue to help grow our city center into a true destination.”
The CreatINg Places program began in 2016, projects have raised more than $5.5 million in public funds and an additional $4.5 million in matching IHCDA funds. To date, the program has a more than 96% success rate.
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.