Rensselaer’s Parks for People Campaign recently secured the $50,000 in donations necessary to receive a matching grant of the same amount from the Indiana State Housing Authority, dubbed the Patronicity Grant.

This will allow for a total accumulation of $100,000 through the Patronicity grant and the donations, bringing the campaign’s total funding amount to $952,000.

The Patronicity Grant deadline was originally set for Friday, July 20 at 3 p.m., and the necessary grant donations have now officially been received a full 10 days early. But, according to Campaign Coordinator Cheryl Hillan, there is still an opportunity to have additional funds matched in the near future, thanks to a generous donor. This donor is willing to match up to $10,000 in additional funds accumulated between the present time and the deadline at 3 p.m.

The campaign seeks to raise $1.5 million for three local projects in town. The first and second are improvements and upgrades to Brookside Park and the space referred to as the Monnett/Staddon property along South College Avenue. And the third is a planned dog park along Bunkum Road.

To promote the ongoing campaign, representatives will be present with local television and radio during the Jasper County Fair. The campaign will be promoted out of a tent behind the Commercial Building on the Jasper County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, July 17 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Those already seeking to hand in donations, or simply curious about the details of the planned improvements to the parks, are encouraged to visit the tent during that period.