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City to assist with $250,000 grant for renovations to Sandtown School
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Friday, 27 June 2014 14:04

sandtownschool(L-R) Councilwoman Joyce Loyd, Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley and Millbrook Community Improvement Agency (CIA) President Maurice Mayes. The City of Millbrook recently resolved to act as a conduit for a $250,000 grant from the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Corporation (CARPDC) to the Millbrook CIA. The money will be used to renovate the Sandtown School property, which Millbrook CIA currently uses for youth and senior programs.

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By early 2015 the Millbrook Communities Improvement Association (CIA) could recieve $250,000 to make rennovations and additions to the Sandtown School on Sandtown Road in Millbrook. Millbrook CIA in conjunction with the Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development Corporation (CARPDC) plans to apply for the grant later this summer. In the meantime Councilwoman Joyce Loyd, an active supporter of the Millbrook CIA has worked with the group and with CARPDC in preparation for the grant application.

The grant requires a 10% local match. Millbrook CIA approached the Millbrook City Council and Elmore County Commission for help with the local match. The City of Millbrook and Elmore County will contribute $10,000 each and Millbrook CIA will contribute $5,000 to cover the $25,000 local match.

"The grant opportunity was well received by the city council. I believe we all want to see the area around the school develop in a positive direction," Loyd said.

Loyd said she feels the restoration of the 'Old Sandtown School' is important because the property has become an asset to Millbrook and Ward 1 specifically. The Millbrook Communities Improvement Association (CIA) operates the Kid's Journey Program and a Senior Program out of the building. Loyd says they recently began to offer piano lessons and wish to expand the arts and other programs offered Millbrook CIA at the school. A teen outreach program called Teen Board is another program at Millbrook CIA, and one in which Loyd is particularly interested. Teen Board, she says, promotes youth leadership in the community.

Millbrook CIA President Maurice Mays says he is pleased to have the city council and county commission support them on this project.

Mays says the Millbrook CIA will continue to call on the community for support of this project. He says cash donations are certainly welcome, donations of in kind service and donations by volunteers will be needed to help make the program and the surrounding community to thrive.

The next step of completing this grant application is a survey which has to be completed by residents living within a certain radius of the school. The Millbrook CIA is out actively in the community with the support of Mayor Kelly to complete this survey process before July.

The grant application will be submitted in July. The decision on the grant will be announced in the Fall with funds arriving in early 2015 if the grant is approved.

 
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