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Posted on: July 12, 2022

City’s Community Redevelopment Agency awarded over $800K for institutional rehabilitation project

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Fountain of Youth Elks Lodge in Lincolnville to undergo major renovations

The City of St. Augustine Community Redevelopment Agency has been awarded $891,932 through the Florida African American Cultural and Historical Grants program for the funding of the Lincolnville Community Redevelopment Area Institutional Rehabilitation Grant Program, specifically for the Fountain of Youth Elks Lodge #684, located at 100 Washington Street in Lincolnville.

The grant opportunity was presented by the Florida Department of State in 2021 with funding provided by the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) program, as authorized by the Department of the Treasury, for construction projects at facilities in Florida that highlight the contributions, culture, or history of African Americans.

Organizations applying could request up to $500,000 or up to $1,000,000 with 50 percent matching funds from other sources.  With a project budget of $1,141,932, the St. Augustine Community Redevelopment Agency matched the 50% at $250,000.  

“We could not be more pleased with this grant award,” commented Jaime D. Perkins, the City of St. Augustine’s Community Redevelopment Agency Administrator.  “We have 24 months to complete all the proposed project activity and have already begun meeting with consultants and stakeholders to get started… I am very excited to be part of such a meaningful and historic project.”

The grant panel discussion and scoring took place in February of this year.  Although the application was not initially accepted, an additional $30 million in grant funding that was added to this year’s state budget allowed for this project to be approved.

For additional information, contact Jaime D. Perkins, CRA Administrator at jperkins@citystaug.com or call 904.209.4254.

Media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307.

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