Posted 2/02/16 (Tue)
By Cecile Krimm
The award of $25,000 to the Crosby Kids Daycare building project from Farm Credit Services and Agri-Bank’s Rural Community Grant Fund is just the latest piece of good news for the non-profit group.
Last week, daycare board members held a public meeting to update interested residents about the progress of the project.
According to Traci Lund, a member of the fundraising committee, the lot is scheduled to be cleared any day in advance of a tentative construction start March 1. If all goes as planned, the daycare will be running in its new facility by the end of the year.
In a handout prepared for the meeting, the board detailed fundraising efforts thus far, with $247,000 left to raise to meet the $1.2 million goal, with a number of grant applications still out.
The award from the Rural Community Grant Fund last week was just the latest in a series of sizable donations the project has garnered.
Local fundraising alone -- from events such as the Royal Ball and New Year’s Ball and others -- has raised over $40,000.
The building currently housing the daycare is also for sale and could ultimately produce funds that will go toward lowering any remaining debt on the project.
In addition to giving recognition to generous patrons so far, the board reminded people all gifts are tax deductible. They can be made through the St. Luke’s Community Foundation -- Crosby Kids Daycare, at PO BOX 10, Crosby, ND 58730.
Other entities in the region receiving funds from the Rural Community Grant Fund include the Powers Lake Rural Fire Protections District -- $25,000; and just under $10,000 each to the Portal International Fire Department and the Bowbells Fire Department.