November 21, 2019

Steiner Museum hoping grant funding will pay for expansion

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FAIRVIEW — Funding coming in for the planned expansion at the Steiner Museum has slowed, but Museum Historical Commissioner Chairman Norm Caldwell said a Consumers Energy grant that was recently applied for may provide the boost needed to fund it.

The expansion is described as a 40-by-70-foot, T-shaped building that would span across the southern end of the existing museum. Caldwell said it is expected to cost roughly $60,000 and he will not begin the expansion without adequate funding to pay for the entire project.

“It’s been slow, but steady,” Caldwell said. “We were hoping to have a groundbreaking yet this fall, but right now it all comes down to whether we receive the Consumers Energy grant.”

Friends of the Steiner member Jenny Cronkright said the organization applied for the grant in March and expects to hear whether it will receive the funding any day now. She said so far it has raised roughly 25 percent of the funding required to pay for the expansion. If the friends receive the grant, she said they would be very close to their final funding goal.

Another way the museum may pay for the grant is through a local fundraiser that was recently announced. Cronkright said the friends have partnered with a local events center in order to host a concert fundraiser that would help to pay for the expansion.

“Skyline has approached us and are doing a fundraiser for us,” she said. “They’ve got Joshua Davis, the runner-up on ‘The Voice’ in 2015, and he’ll be performing.”

The event will be held Aug. 17, tickets are $20 and all proceeds will be donated to the museum expansion fund. They can be found by searching for “Skyline” on www.eventbrite.com. Refreshments will be provided.

Caldwell said if the expansion is built, the museum already has enough artifacts and donated items to fill it. Donations for the expansion fund can be sent to P.O. Box 93 in Mio, MI, attention Friends of the Steiner.

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