Many of you will have noticed the new Methven Library and Museum building taking shape with more of the finished product becoming obvious every day.
Not only are Snowfed Builders doing the hard physical work, but a very generous grant has been allocated to the project by the Lotteries Commission and this has enabled us to forge ahead with the construction, knowing that with this and other monies in the bank, we can complete the build part of the project with confidence.
The grant from Lotteries came in two parts and from two separate funds. The process of applying requires a great deal of financial and community support and documentation along with a detailed explanation of what the building will offer, how it will be used and what will be displayed for local people and visitors alike.
The deadline for applications was early April and then we waited with bated breath.
Finally, on a Monday in June, we received an email announcing we had received $185,000 from the Lottery WW1 Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Fund. We stopped breathing until the end of the week when on Friday, late afternoon, a second email arrived confirming $164,500 had been allocated to us from the Lotteries Community Facilities
The grand total of $350.000 was exactly the amount we had requested. We were advised to apply from the two different, yet relevant funds by Joanne Becker, Community Adviser at Internal Affairs. She guided us through the process and gave invaluable advice. We want to sincerely thank her for the advice and guidance and for encouraging us to apply for such a substantial amount.
We have only received confirmation the funds are in our account in the last week, and now we can announce the grant to the community.
Several local families have also made generous donations. We are very grateful for this generosity. These monies, along with the donations from the Rodeo, the Pottery Society, the Lions and the Lochhead Trust have already been acknowledged in the Snowfed, and prove that we have the community behind us and that this project can be completed in a timely fashion, to a standard we can all be proud of.
Decisions now need to be made on the fit-out for the new spaces and how to incorporate technology so that we are set up for the future.
We will now make application to other Trusts to help with this but it is our hope that more local families and individuals will donate time and funds to this part of the cause. Our accounting procedures, banking arrangements and GST registration are now all set up so that we can supply receipts suitable for tax refunds.
The building is a reality and funds are in hand to complete it. Let’s all work together to make it the community project it deserves to be. We are very confident it will be a building we can all be proud of.
PS: I hope you are all watching our architect Ken Crosson on Friday evenings on TV 1, as he jaunts around New Zealand architectural history. The classic Jaguar is pretty impressive too. Perhaps our building will be in the next series?