NORTH CREEK - The Tannery Pond Community Center Association (TPCCA) recently made a decision to offer funding assistance to regional organizations who wish to use the community center facilities through grant opportunities.
When the town of Johnsburg acquired the building several years ago, officials were paying upward of $50,000 a year in utility and maintenance costs. To try and ease the strain on tax dollars, the town board put into effect a usage charge for organizations who wanted to use the facility.
"It came to my attention that many people would like to use the facility, but were not able to afford the fees," said Wes Dingman, TPCCA member.
In an effort to respect the efforts of the town board and to make usage of the building more affordable, the TPCCA board drafted a grant application for regional organizations to use to apply for assistance in covering the cost of the building use.
"Small organizations that might wish to sponsor a debate, show a film, stage a play, hold a musical recital, or other event have found it difficult to raise the money to rent the space," said Dingman.
The grant application is simple and is offered to organizations throughout the Adirondack region, not just in the town of Johnsburg.
The TPCCA is a local non-profit organization dedicated to serving the community by providing cultural, educational, recreational and social opportunities for all ages and recognizes the benefits of the community center.
"It is such an asset to the arts and culture of this community," said Dingman. "And it brings visitors to our area.
The TPCCA requests that the one page grant application be completed at least one month prior to the time of the event. They will respond to these applications within 10 days. Events that are not open to the public (or a broad spectrum of the public) or that are held for a single political candidate/party or a single sectarian cause would not qualify for this support.
Grant applications can be obtained at the Johnsburg Town Hall or downloaded from TPCCA's website at www.tpcca.org. Those wishing to support TPCCA's efforts to fulfill its mission may send a tax deductible donations to TPCCA, P. O. Box 54, North Creek, NY 12853.