In addition to great events, Historic Columbus also embarked on its first ever capital campaign led by Ed Sprouse, former Chairman of the Board and Director Emeritus, along with a 14 member committee of past Historic Columbus presidents and leaders.
This campaign is focused on Historic Columbus’ next chapter. It is about growing low interest loan programs for neighborhood revitalization; completing the stabilization of City Mills, the last endangered National Historic Landmark; and providing significant grants for bricks and mortar projects in desperate need of help.
Historic Columbus has protected 2,500 structures in 11 historic districts, saved over 80 properties from demolition, and provided approximately $950,000 in loan funds since 1997 – and we need to do more.
We have raised $6 Million of the campaign so far! We will be kicking-off two loan programs in January and a community grant program in May.
Thanks new funding through a Program Related Investment (PRI) with the Bradley-Turner Foundation, two loan programs will officially kick-off in January! With this increased funding, the Façade Loan program and the new Rehab Loan program will allow Historic Columbus to make a larger difference for families in older homes by being able to provide loans up to $15,000 for façade improvements and up to $100,000 for more intensive rehabilitation work. These loans can help paint a house, install a new roof, repair windows, stabilize a foundation, or provide a complete restoration to give new life back to a property in danger of demolition.
The Public Participation Grant is also a new program you will be hearing much more about in the near future. There are so many larger buildings in need of help – for example, our historic churches, community buildings like the Porter Auditorium, the marble façade YMCA, and the House of Mercy, theatres like the Liberty, and schools such as Claflin, Bibb, and Rosehill. This grant will encourage applicants to promote their projects and create enthusiasm in the public about preservation efforts. The grant will have a maximum award amount of $100,000.