(Gillette, Wyo.) Having secured future funding options, the Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County can now continue with the renovations of their leased building.
The club has been promised $100,000 from both the city and the county, which still leaves the club needing $372,000 should another funding avenue fall through.
Recently, The United Way of Campbell County submitted a request to the Daniels Fund — a funding entity that offers assistance and support to community service agencies — for a grant in the amount of $320,000.
Should their request be approved, the BGCCC would only need to raise $52,000 to cover the total costs of the project — $472,000.
There are some things, however, that still to need to happen for the application process of the Daniels Fund to proceed smoothly.
“They like to see communities backing the projects that the Daniels Fund’s gonna invest in,” Patrick Collier, BGCCC executive director, said.
Currently, steps are being taken to demonstrate the community’s involvement and support of the BGCCC.
During a city council work session on Jan. 9, the council assured the BGCCC that they could fulfill the organization monetary request of $50,000 above what the council already provides in operations money.
“Usually on these, I’m a little hesitant,” admitted Councilman Robin Kuntz on Tuesday.
The situation is unique however, in which the city has sole ownership of the building and the renovations would improve the building for the kids as well as the community, Kuntz continued.
“I’d like to see us try to find the money,” said Kuntz.
The council could potentially find the funds in either the one percent or general funds.
Councilman Dan Barks agreed with Kuntz, saying that he did not object to using the one percent money on something that benefits both the community and the children of the community.
Councilman Tim Carsrud and the mayor used the discussion to speak on how important the coming fall would be, which could very well decide the fate of the councils promise to the BGCCC.
Unless the one-percent passes in the fall election, the city could not even consider following through with its pledge, said Carter-King.
In addition to the city’s approval, the County also voted in favor of the BGCCC moving forward, with a few stipulations of course, Collier said.
The BGCCC must turn in receipts of previous investments in addition to a letter from the city, stating the lease on the building is going to be extended a significant amount of time for the club, explained Collier.
“Similar to what the Daniel’s fund requests before they invest in a big project,” said Collier.
The way things are moving at the moment, no money is needed right now. Any and all funding promises can be gathered over the next two years.
“We didn’t want it to be a burden on any agency or funding source to have to come up with those funds on a short timeline,” Collier said.
The funds may not be needed for two years, but renovations have already started at the BGCCC.
Already, the BGCCC has put over $900,000 into improving the building, but those improvements were merely to better the infrastructure.
The roof, electrical, plumbing, and many other infrastructure operations were vastly improved, but the rest of the building still needed attention afterwards.
“We still had a 50-year-old building to renovate,” Collier said.
The building’s hallways are currently in the process of being painted, locks are being replaced, and kick plates on the doors are being installed.
“It’s been a really massive, collaborative, community-wide effort,” said Collier.
Multiple agencies have come forward sponsored a variety of projects in the building.
Agencies such as the First National Bank of Gillette, the Campbell County Junior Football association and the Girl Scouts.
As renovations continue, multiple organizations will, and currently do, have a place within the BGCCC.
“And that’s really the goal: to have as much community collaboration as possible and have this be kind of a hub for community use,” Collier explained.