Press Release : Bayou Pigeon Heritage Association
The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Competitive Grants Applications process a once a year process. Opened May 1, 2021. The applications had to be submitted to Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya National Heritage commission by May 31, 2021.
The Board of Directors agreed to apply for a grant to convert the old 'Sacristy' area our Heritage Hall with modern restroom and install a Kitchenette. With a very short cycle time to get application done and submitted, we had to move fast. Our team met the challenge.
Logic for prioritizing this project:
1. It was necessary to do remodel the Sacristy area of the former church and enlarge the single Bathroom to be able to meet Dept. of Health Standards required to host 'Event Venue' for up to 250 people.
2. Installing a small kitchenette area, with sink, refrigerator , microwave oven for heating food , not heaving cooking. This would make the facility more attractive for larger events.
3. Replacing / repairing 2 exterior doors and hardware as needed that were leaking at thresholds.
The project Application had to demonstrate support for the Mission of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area through cultural, recreational or natural resource preservation and enhancement. This where the historical documentation and folklife wall displays of the Heritage Hall came into the equation.
See the file in the comment section for executive summary of our Application.
On July 12, we were notified that we were one of the projected selected.
We have recently received / reviewed the architects design drawings. We plan to start on the renovation, after our Now. 14 Fall fest.
Anyone who wants to help with initial demolition of the Sacristy area, can contact, Randy LaPrairie or Rick Phillips.
This is matching grant, which we have put up 1/2 of the $30,000 needed to complete the project. Which includes labor, materials and appliances.
Everyone can help by coming out and supporting our FALL fest and wild Game cook off so we can ensure we have the matching funds and complete this project ASAP.
'Moving the Community Forward', we will have another posting on something new... tomorrow.
What are you waiting for... come join our organization.