Letter: Acceptance of grant declined for good reason
Regarding your Jan. 27 article, "Canby, Molalla projects receive county grants," we would like to reassure members and supporters of the Mark Prairie Historical Society that the organization's decline of a recent grant award from the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, albeit not explained in the posting, was actually for a good reason.
In efforts to repair the defunct heating system in the circa-1900 schoolhouse, we received five quotes that ranged from $5,000 to $30,000, none of which were optimal solutions for the historic building. We had $2,500 in donated funds to provide a match, so opted to apply for the $2,500 CCCC grant funds.
In the time between our application and awarding of the grants, a sixth local HVAC company repaired the existing furnace for $250 for parts and $1,000 in donated labor. The company offered to keep it operational through the years at no additional cost.
We are most appreciative. The existing furnace is, in fact, the best, least intrusive, least expensive heating option, so it was a win-win for Mark Prairie Historical Society.
But with a less costly solution found, the Cultural Coalition would not permit us to redirect the funds to another much-needed project, such as our next priorities of trimming some dangerous trees or closing in under the building. We will, however, be following up with an application for a smaller CCCC grant to put toward the tree trimming.
As a small organization working to preserve this 120-year-old schoolhouse, we survive and can only move forward with donated resources — time, money and expertise — so we gratefully appreciate you, our supporters, and all you give to Mark Prairie. Thanks so much for your interest and support.
Mark Prairie Historical Society member
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