On Wednesday, the S. H. Cowell Foundation announced that it had approved a $10,000 matching grant for operations. The Trust has begun a fundraising drive to raise the $10,000 needed to match Cowell’s gift.
The news comes on the heels of a Brentwood City Council vote Tuesday to provide a $3,000 Economic Development grant to help pay for the Stone House Heritage Day at Marsh Creek State Park, co-presented by the Trust and California State Parks on Oct. 17.
“This is great news, real momentum-builders,” said Trust Vice President Kathy Leighton. “Our stabilization project is moving along, and we’re getting the backing of some important organizations to keep going. We’re hoping others will jump on board and help keep things rolling.”
Work continues on the $750,000 project to stabilize the fragile sandstone walls of Marsh’s 159-year-old house near Brentwood. The house is part of the Marsh Creek State Park, a 3,700-acre historic park that has yet to open to the public.
“The only way we’ll be able to get that park open is if we get the support of the public,” Leighton said. “We have to let them know about the possibilities, not only in the historic structure, but the trails, campgrounds and cultural history that will be out there to enjoy. Once enough people are behind it, we’re confident we can help bring it on line.”
The new grants add to other recent funding successes the Trust has enjoyed. In April the Mt. Diablo Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) funded the creation of interpretive panels for Heritage Day at Marsh Creek State Park on Oct. 17, and other public presentations and events.
In February, California State Parks Foundation provided a grant to help manage and communicate with volunteers, partners and donors.
“Everyone knows it’s better to keep momentum than to start from scratch, and that’s what we’re about now,” said Executive Director Rick Lemyre. “We’ll keep looking for grants, and hope people will continue to donate so we can match them and keep rolling.”
Donations can be made through the PayPal link at the top of this page. The Trust is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible. You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate.
The DAR supports projects in local communities which promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Interested groups must be sponsored by a local DAR chapter. Contact the Mt. Diablo Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American in Danville, CA, at www.dar-