Crowdfunding campaign launched for Columbia City’s Ohki Alley project

COLUMBIA CITY, Ind. (ADAMS) – Columbia City will soon transform Ohki Alley into a new, vibrant public space if a crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal to raise $50,000 by December 28th. The campaign, led by the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation is using the CreatINg Places program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) to activate the downtown alleyway.

If the campaign reaches its goal, the ‘Ohki Alley’ project will receive a matching grant of $50,000 from IHCDA.

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“Activating this alleyway will provide residents and visitors a new space to host local events,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch who serves as board chair for IHCDA. “We look forward to supporting the Whitley County and Economic Development Corporation in their efforts to enhance downtown Columbia City.”

The funding raised will cover the costs of a small rain garden, artistic bike rack, flexible seating, communal tables, series of movable planters, two large structures with nearly 10,000 multi-colored translucent pixels and a staging area for outdoor performances.

“We are grateful to partner with IHCDA on this project because the dollars we raise will go even further with the matching opportunity,” said Riley Hollenbaugh, Whitley County EDC workforce and community development director. “When the community invests in projects like this it shows a true sense of pride and ownership.”

The CreatINg Places program began in 2016 and its projects have raised in excess of $3 million in public funds with an additional $2.4 million in matching IHCDA funds.

The CreatINg Places program is available to projects located in Indiana communities. Non-profit entities (with 501c3 or 501c4 status) and Local Units of Government are eligible to apply.

Eligible projects must have a minimum total development cost of $10,000, where the recipient will receive $5,000 in IHCDA matching funds should they successfully raise $5,000 through Patronicity. IHCDA will provide matching grant funds up to $50,000 per project.