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James Patten
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« Reply #15 on: March 15, 2017, 12:04:00 PM »

I'll expand on Ed's comment by stating that this year's Annual Fund Drive financed the match for the Emery grant.  The first $5000 that came in was set aside as the match.  I never got that list to John to publish in the newsletter, but it did go to the Trust.  This is the first time we've done this with the fund drive, use it to match a grant.
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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2017, 02:51:34 PM »

Just getting caught up on this thread. Let me echo the thanks to Mike for getting through the governmental red tape. Question to James, do you see using the Annual Fund Drive to match future grants?

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« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2017, 03:35:45 PM »

I'll take that question...
We already leverage the success of the fund drive in all of our grant applications. Usually there is a question that boils down to "how are you going to raise the remaining funds to complete the project?" Our answer is almost always "through our highly successful Fall Fundraiser." So, in a sense, there has always been a "match" through the Fall Fundraiser for most of our grants.

That said, the ERHT grant was unique in that their funds could not be released until the match was raised, and that the funds to be matched had to come as part of a new effort. (In other words, we could not leverage funds already raised for the project, nor use their grant to pay off loans related to the project - such as the rail purchase.) The trustees of ERHT agreed that doing the match through our Fall Fundraiser met their requirements, and we thank them for their flexibility and generosity.

That said, I have some exciting news to share in regards to another grant proposal for a different WW&F project. Stay tuned...
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