MSM’s application to the Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program was created in collaboration with Morgantown Board of Parks and Recreation (BOPARC), Mon River Trail Conservancy and the River Town Program with the goal of creating a safe passageway and effective wayfinding to direct visitors and residents between the Mon River/Caperton/Deckers Creek Trail trailhead, the Downtown Wharf and Downtown Morgantown. Together, these organizations aim to improve lighting in this underpass, establish the underpass as a pedestrian-only zone, and create signage leading to and from the trail.
The walking/biking path these organizations hope to enhance traverses an underpass on Foundry and will create a safe, well-defined and pedestrian friendly way to transition between The Trail, Downtown and the Downtown Wharf. The enhanced trail will encourage more walking and biking and therefore improve the general health of our community.
MSM has also applied for tax credits as a part of the Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP). With these tax credits, MSM is able to offer all individuals and businesses that donate $500 or more to the organization both a 501(c)3 charitable tax deduction worth the full amount of their donation, a WV state tax credit worth 50% of their donation, and MSM Supportership.
Through NIP, MSM is able to continue its mission: Main Street Morgantown, a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to the betterment of the Downtown and Wharf Districts through thoughtful revitalization. MSM focuses on creation of a safe and welcoming physical design in the district; active recruitment, retention and promotion of the district; preservation of local history through architecture and design in the district; and achievement of a vibrant and successful business community through partnership with local stakeholders, both public and private.
About the Growing Healthy Communities Grant Program:
The West Virginia Development Office (WVDO) administers the Growing Healthy Communities Program, with funding provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources. The program provides competitive grants for West Virginia Main Street and ON TRAC communities for activities that increase community health and wellness while also providing opportunities for downtown revitalization and development.
About the Neighborhood Investment Program:
The West Virginia Legislature established the Neighborhood Investment Program (NIP) in 1996 to increase charitable giving to local nonprofit organizations, thus increasing the capacity of such organizations to serve low-income persons in highly distressed neighborhoods.
Businesses and individuals who contribute to NIP organizations are eligible to receive up to 50 percent of the contributed amount in the form of state tax credits. Donors may use the credits to reduce liability for corporate net income taxes, business franchise taxes and personal income taxes.
Are you interested in donating to MSM? Visit our fundraising page by clicking here.