Brown Grand Theatre Applies for Grant To Add Hot Waterline, Fix Stairs

By Payton Tholstrup

The Brown Grand Theatre recently applied for The Meridian Way Wind Farm Grant in Cloud County, requesting a total amount of $9,367. The grant, which is relatively competitive, receives quite a few applications each year. Funds are provided by EDP Renewables and are to be used to complete two small-scale projects. Applications are due by March 30th.

According to Melissa Swenson, Director of the Brown Grand, other applicants this year include The National Orphan Train Complex, The Resource Center, and Cloud Corp, just to name a few. The Brown Grand has been a recipient of the grant for the last three years.

If awarded the funds, there are two projects the Brown Grand will be able to complete. The first one is restoring the backstage staircase. The second involves running a hot water line to the utility sink from an adjoining restroom backstage.

In the proposal, Swenson noted that the backstage staircase leads up to three frequently used dressing rooms and is a safety concern. Past to Present Construction gave the theatre a bid of $7,5000 to repair the stairs. Once those stairs are fixed, carpet would be added to them as well as the areas upstairs. Wall to Wall Carpet and Interior would install the carpet and plans to donate $555.90 in materials and charge $802 in labor for the installation. Several steps have broken boards and bow when walked on.

As for the hot water line, Hood Heating, Air, Plumbing, and Electric gave a bid of $2,065. This sink is used by janitorial staff and there is currently no hot water running to it. Swenson noted that hot water is critical to clean the stage and keep the Theatre clean, adding that it is a necessity.

The Brown Grand has reserved $1,000 to contribute to these improvements as well. Swenson said she is hopeful that they will receive support again this year.

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