Through the City of Brazil, S.O.S. has started the process of applying for a Community Focus Fund Grant for the renovation of the old Brazil Junior High Gymnasium.
The grant is for $400,000, $100,000 less than last year. City of Brazil Planning Administrator Stacy Gibbens told The Brazil Times the funding for the grant was cut this year.
This is the third time the organization has applied for the grant. S.O.S. applied twice last year, once in the spring and again in the fall.
"The last time they applied, they were within 17 points of being successful," Gibbens said.
In order to qualify for the grant, S.O.S. has to have a 10-percent match ($40,000).
According to S.O.S. Director Jenni Chamberlain, the organization has raised approximately $6,000 in one year through donations.
"This is our third round (of applying for the grant), but (OCRA) said our scores were competitive," Chamberlain said. "What we can't obtain in donations, we will get a bank note or a note through historical landmarks."
According to Gibbens, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) scores each application it receives. The point system is based on categories.
"It's real subjective," Gibbens said. "There are different point (totals) for each criteria that is hit."
Making matters more important for S.O.S., this year, OCRA will have only one application round.
"This is their only chance this year," Gibbens said.
Gibbens added all proposals for the grant are due in February.
Kenna Consulting, Indianapolis, representative Donna Anderson will write the grant for S.O.S. Anderson also wrote the water project grant for the City of Brazil.
The City of Brazil will be mailing out income surveys beginning this week to help S.O.S. with the grant process.
A total of 346 survey responses are needed in order to qualify for the grant. Gibbens added there are approximately 4,000 households within the City of Brazil and Brazil Township where surveys may be sent. In addition, they will be sent randomly.
"We will keep sending out (the income surveys) until we receive 346 total surveys," Gibbens said.
Gibbens said the income survey includes the person's name, address, a phone number, day of survey completion, number of people in the household and income limits.
"People should expect to get the income surveys by Saturday or Monday," Gibbens said, adding a stamped envelope will be included. "We will keep doing it every Friday until we get the 346."
Gibbens added officials will go door-to-door to complete the task if they reach the 4,000 household total without tallying 346 completed surveys.
Gibbens said the income surveys can be used again if the city or another entity chooses to apply for a grant.
For further information, call Gibbens at 446-0050.
Where -- North Clay Middle School
When -- 7 p.m., Friday, March 2