Capac library gets $40,500 matching grant opportunity

Posted on September 26, 2017

The exciting Capac library renovations will be getting help from a challenge grant from the Community Foundation, which will match donations dollar for dollar up to $40,500.

Patricia Weyhrauch, president of Capac Friends of the Library, the organization that applied for the grant, said the challenge now is to get the public to help raise the other $40,500 for the matching funds.

“Once completed, these renovated and revitalized buildings will become the crown jewel of Capac and will continue to bring new life and excitement to downtown Capac,” Weyhrauch said.

Work on the buildings started in 2015 after Capac Friends of the Library bought the adjoining building to the existing library. This expansion enabled the library to offer programs and services not previously available.

Now Friends needs the public’s help to finish the exteriors. Anyone interested in supporting this project can send a check payable to Capac Friends – Plastic Ends to P.O. Box 130, Capac, MI 48014 with Capac Library Matching Grant in the memo line. Every donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $40,500 by the Foundation.

This matching grant opportunity ties into the Community Foundation’s main priority area of community and economic prosperity.

“This is the biggest thing happening in Capac right now,” said Hale Walker, chair of the Community Foundation’s grants committee. “We are excited to be a part of this great project, and we’re not the only ones. The grants committee was blown away by how the community has embraced and supported the library so far.”

The Capac community has already contributed upwards of $179,000 in funds or in-kind goods and services for completed renovations. Restoring the two library buildings to their historic appearance has also spurred business owners to do the same. 

“This just goes to show how important libraries are to building a sense of community,” Walker added. “Especially in smaller towns that don’t have the same resources as a Port Huron or St. Clair.” 

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