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|From: Grace K. Von Tobel (gkvontobCOLBY.EDU)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Mar 93 07:07 CST|
Greetings from Maine! I am a member of Kennebec Valley CoHousing (KVCH). We [6 households] have been working together since Dec. 1991, purchased 180 acres (12/92), and are planning a 24-house clustered development with Common House which will have 16 of the homes affordable to moderate/low-income households [half of those 16 will be affordable to very-low-income households]. The current plan is to finance through FmHA as a rural cooperative. 150 acres will be placed in a Land Trust conservation easement for timber management, agriculture and "silent" sports (accessible to broader community). There is good ground for agriculture, an orchard, and ample woodlot. We are now at the stage of using architects and engineers. The dream includes breaking ground this summer. Meanwhile, like the little duck that looks so placid as it sits on the water we're paddling as fast as we can beneath the surface...trying to find ways to finance the dream. I have never written a grant proposal before. Is there anyone out there that has resources, skills, suggestions, etc. of potential grants we could pursue? I work at Colby College in Waterville, Maine and have started my research here looking for funds available for: low-income housing, energy efficiency, conservation, alternate energy sources, community development, etc. Attached is a copy of our "Vision Statement". It has been our central guide and helps us remain focused. The document has grown and been revized just as we have. Kennebec Valley CoHousing Vision Statement March, 1993 We envision a diverse, nonsectarian, sociable and nondiscriminatory community. It functions with shared environmental responsibility, participatory self-governance through consensus, and cooperative management. All residents of this community will be honored and nurtured by the entire community. All inhabitants will maintain a commitment to the functions of the community in a dwelling of their own choice within proximity of a central place of community activity, the Common House. Our community is characterized by active participation, cooperation and respect. Our relationship with our surrounding neighbors and with the world at large is one of similar cooperation, responsibility and openness. The community will be a home for the growth and changes of its inhabitants through all stages of life. Regarding the physical aspects of the community, we selected and purchased 180 acres of land that will accommodate community supported agriculture, recreation, and sociability, as well as all housing needs. The number of households in the community shall be sufficient to sustain community life yet not be too large for direct communication between all members; our estimate of this number is 24 households, with a maximum of 30. The site is located in Readfield and within commuting distance of Augusta, Lewiston, Auburn, Farmington and Waterville. The land has sufficient wooded acres for an area of protected woodland and a workable woodlot. In this rural setting, we will maximize the pedestrian nature of our community and promote sociability while minimizing vehicular activity near and around all structures. The design and layout of the entire community will facilitate a sociable, village atmosphere through a centrally located common house and cluster-house grouping. This common facility will reduce duplication of housing functions and consolidate community purpose by being the focus of sociability and activity within the community. We plan to use indigenous materials and sustainable sources of energy whenever possible. All of the community building decisions will consider the ecological and environmental impact. Structures, roadways and paths will be planned for accessibility by the handicapped. The financial objective of this community is to affirmatively accommodate the financial diversity of all those who share its vision. We are developing an ownership structure that provides perpetual affordability and sustainability, and protects individual investment while limiting speculative return on equity. Ownership also includes the responsibility of stewardship of the land and its community for those who follow. ______________ Thanks for your time and interest! Comments and suggestions re: grant and foundations would be much appreciated. Grace Grace K. Von Tobel RFD 3 BOX 298N Augusta ME 04330-9510 (207)547-4244-h (207)872-3416-w
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