The Kansas Department of Commerce announced the Midland Theater Foundation is a recipient of a new community revitalization program grant, the Historic Economic Asset Lifeline (HEAL). With HEAL, the state assists building owners with matching grants to cover eligible expenses as historic properties are revitalized. This program is a collaborative effort with the Patterson Family Foundation.
A total of 220 applications was received with 22 projects funded. The Midland Foundation was awarded $65,000 in matching grant funds.
“The goal of the HEAL is to rescue downtown buildings and restore them as productive spaces for business and community use,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “Seeing our downtown districts turned into more attractive and vibrant places to live and work, along with creating new jobs and services for Kansans, is key to our state’s prosperity.”
“We’re obviously pleased to receive this grant from the Department of Commerce and the Patterson Family Foundation,” said Midland Foundation Board President Darrel Harbaugh. “These matching funds help us leverage our fundraising dollars as we proceed with our renovation projects.”
The HEAL grant will be used for the Front of the House project which consists of renovation of the lobby, concession area, stairways, mezzanine, ballroom, electrical improvements throughout the building and access stairs from the stage to the basement as well as the addition of two ADA accessible restrooms. Renovation construction will begin August 1.