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Ann Arbor submitted a grant application in April for $100,000 in State Cool Cities grant money, split roughly evenly between adding a micro-cinema installation at the Michigan Theater and funding an interactive sound/light sculpture on Maynard Street. This week, Ann Arbor was awarded a $100,000 grant – but not for the proposal it submitted. The money was awarded entirely to the Michigan Theater project.
This causes some problems. The grant requires that 1-to-1 matching funds be committed within 3 months, the Michigan Theater wasn’t prepared to find a $100,000 match, and the narrower scope of the funded project means that some partners who may have been found to match the grant for the full project may not be interested in funding only half the project. The Michigan Theater has turned to the Downtown Development Authority to ask for half the matching funds, and hopes to raise the other half through other channels, such as the State Street Area Association, which had originally planned to be a partner for the Maynard sculpture project..
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