November 10, 2021, Midland, MI. – Creative 360 was recently awarded two grants for energy efficiency improvements to its heating and cooling system.
In early fall, the arts non-profit received a $10,000 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Energy Efficiency Grant Opportunity. Creative 360 applied under the focus area of Enriching Our Community, which supports equality and inclusion in arts, culture and entertainment. The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen the community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.
“For the submission of the MACF Energy Efficiency Grant, Creative 360 was required to complete an extensive energy analysis and audit with Consumer’s Energy,” remarked director Laura Vosejpka. “Our building was built in 1962 and we knew that our very old system was inefficient, as well as unreliable, but it was good for us to put a number on exactly how much energy we were using and how much we could be saving, both in terms of fuel use and dollars.”
In October, Creative 360 was awarded a $28,560 Capital Improvement grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) for the purpose of upgrading heating and cooling.
“The cost estimate for the entire project, which includes replacing the boiler, the AC units, the circulation system and the controls is just under $150,000,” said Vosejpka. “MCACA allowed us to request up to half of the cost of the project, which we did, and requires that we match their grant one to one. Fortunately we were one of very few organizations across the state to receive Capital Improvement grant dollars, however the awarded funds were less that what we requested based on availability and prioritizations.”
Creative 360 is currently holding its Annual Fall Fundraising Drive with a goal of not only raising the normal operating funds that they need for 2022, but also a generous amount of the matching and additional funding needed for the improvement project.
“The 2021 fundraising drive is particularly important to Creative 360 this year as we face these major upgrades to our beautiful Alden B. Dow designed building,” said Creative 360 Board of Directors President Ashley Ghose. “The MCACA grant requires a match and our fundraising dollars will help to meet this match. In addition, the staff at Creative 360 is working very hard to identify other sources of funding for these energy upgrades. If we can get the project started soon, we will also be eligible for some significant Consumer’s Energy rebates.”
You can donate to Creative 360’s Fall Fundraiser by calling them or visiting the website at becreative360.org/donate-to-c360. Creative 360 is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. For a complete list of events happening at the arts non-profit, see their website, becreative360.org, or the What’s Happening section of the Midland Daily News.