LIMA — Faced with a number of requests for worthwhile causes, the Veterans Memorial Civic Center board of trustees set guidelines for nonprofit organizations seeking to use facilities for civic projects and fundraising efforts and established a Monday deadline for applications.
This is the fourth consecutive year the board has made the Civic Center available through the program.
“There are a lot of community groups who request to use the Veterans Memorial Civic Center, it is a large venue in downtown Lima and we wanted to be responsive to that,” Civic Center CEO Cindy Wood said.
She said groups benefit from being able to use donated space and the Civic Center benefits from the community goodwill by being involved in charitable causes.
“However the requests would come throughout the year and this would require the board to consider each request individually and we were not always able to respond to it,” Wood said. “We wanted first to provide focus for those requests to make sure it fit the Civic Center’s mission which was to serve veterans and as the community’s chief public assembly space and second to focus on those nonprofits which really needed the assistance. They put those two parameters in there to even the playing field.”
The organizations can have free usage of tables, but the cost of other amenities, such as sound systems and audio-visual equipment will be negotiated. Use of the Exhibit Hall is limited to Mondays through Thursdays but other rooms, such as meeting rooms, can be used more frequently.
Wood said requests must be in written letter form and must include a copy of the nonprofit designation. Preference will be given to nonprofits supporting veterans and whose budgets are less than $200,000.
In 2013, Heartbeat of Lima, American Cancer Society and Downtown Lima Inc. benefitted from the program.