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Thursday, June 9, 2011 11:22 am

ALMOST THERE

They’ve still got $5,000 to go, but board members of a three-year-old fund designed to boost historic preservation in Sangamon County are hopeful they can approve the fund’s first grant recipient sometime next year.

The Historic Preservation Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln was established in May 2008 with leftover funds from the Old Capitol Community Tribute, the 40th anniversary celebration of the rebuilding of the Old State Capitol. The fund now holds more than $15,000 and once it reaches $20,000 will be large enough to distribute at least one grant each year in the amount of $1,000.

“We’re starting small, no question about it, but there are a lot of projects that fit that [$1,000] category,” says Paul O’Shea, the fund board’s chairman. He says priority will be given to projects that have the most public impact.

John Stremsterfer, CFLL’s executive director, says the fund board’s goal is ambitious but achievable. “There are not a lot of other charitable destinations for people who care about historic preservation, but I think a lot of people care about historic preservation.”

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at 789-4431.