Tuesday, October 20, 2009

First online donation

Today we received our first online donation as we continue our efforts to raise money for our restoration effort. Thanks, Martha in Wyoming :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lippard-Clawiter Foundation Grant

As we look at the various ways we can restore our old church and look for funding we realize that grants will play a major role in our success. This fall, as the grant application deadline was approaching we submitted an application for a grant from the Lippard-Clawiter Foundation. The Lippard-Clawiter Foundation offers grants for worthy projects around Chouteau county. The Foundation has funded restoration of many of the buildings at the Chouteau County Fairgrounds, support for various emergency services throughout the county and assistance with projects to support community development. We look forward to hearing from the grant committee later this year.

Donor Makes Major Gift

As talk started to circulate about the possible replacement of the roof of the Old Immaculate Conception Catholic Church a generous donor came forward and offered to put up some seed money to be used for a matching grant, or to start the pot for those wishing to donate to the cause. While I do not have permission at this point to name the donor, I will say that the $10,000 donation will have a big impact as we move forward with our project. Thanks for your generosity.

Restoration Efforts Begin

This is the first blog post as we start chronicling the efforts to restore the old Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Benton to its former glory. Last week we received permission from the Diocesan Finance Council to proceed with our fund-raising efforts and grant seeking so that we can try to save this piece of historic Fort Benton, Montana. Be sure to stop by here frequently to keep up to date on the latest happenings.