Friends of Letchworth, recipient of a PTNY Growing the Grassroots grant recipient last year, has gonen on to apply for and receive several additional grants in the past few months. Through the New York State Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) funds, the Friends received $16,200 to repair and repoint the two standing Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Chimneys and install thematic signs that will provide historic interpretation and wayfinding to these chimneys. This construction is part of a larger effort to preserve and increase public awareness of the CCC legacy in Letchworth.
In addition to the REDC grant, the Friends of Letchworth received a matching donation of $12,500 from the Five Star Bank Charitable Checking Account to construct a butterfly house, which is estimated to cost a total of $25,000. This surprise grant came to the Friends in November and, thanks in part to an increase in membership over the past year, is helping the Friends raise the remaining funds more quickly.
Letchworth State Park also received REDC funds to help with the construction of a new nature center at the park and the Friends are hard at work helping to raise the remainder needed. Partners for this project, in addition to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) and the Friends of Letchworth, include the Alliance for New York State Parks (a program of the Open Space Institute), the Genesee State Park Commission, the Natural Heritage Trust, and SUNY Geneseo. The six minute video on the campaign is amazing — check it out!
Congratulations to the Friends of Letchworth on all the good work!