Friday, March 21, 2008

Sachem Fund Seeks Applicants For Funding

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The Sachem Fund is seeking applications from organizations interested in carrying out any of twelve civic initiatives outlined in a January 2007 city ordinance, which is reprinted below.

The City of Norwich and the Mohegan Tribe each will contribute $200,000 each year for five years to the fund. Each entity made their first year contributions, bringing the fund total to $400,000.

Mohegan tribal councilors Bill Quidgeon and Jim Gessner are on the Sachem Fund governing board while tribal councilor Mark Brown is an alternate. At a meeting Tuesday, the three tribal councilors participated in discussions at Norwich City Hall while tribal member Bill Bauer monitored the proceedings.

Letters of intent from interested organizations was set for May 15th. The next meeting will be held on June 18 at 6 PM in council chambers and final funding decisions are scheduled for July 2008. The process for applying can be found on the Norwich city government website:

A Norwich City Council ordinance outlines the following purposes of the fund:

1. Restore blighted buildings or those in disrepair and to finance the purposes of Article 5, Division 3 of the Code of Ordinances titled “Abandoned and Blighted Buildings”

2. Enhance any property within the enterprise zone established pursuant to Section 7-191 of the Code of Ordinances

3. Finance the purposes of Article 5, Division 4, “Mill Enhancement Program”

4. Finance the purposes of the establishment, improvement, and preservation of the historic district, including any expenditure or purpose authorized pursuant to Chapter 14, Article 2 of the Code of Ordinances

5. Finance any activity authorized to be undertaken by the redevelopment agency created pursuant to Chapter 17, Section 17-9 of the Code of Ordinances, including the provisions of Section 8-124 through 8-139 of the Connecticut General Statutes

6. Finance tourism within the City of Norwich, including any activity authorized to be undertaken by 7-330 of the Connecticut General Statutes

7. Improve the quality of life in the City’s neighborhoods, including to finance any neighborhood plan adopted by the City Council and specifically including plans adopted for the Downtown Norwich Neighborhood Revitalization Zone and Greeneville Neighborhood Zone

8. To Finance the purposes of urban renewal, redevelopment or community development, as authorized by the general statutes

9. Finance the services, purposes and programs of hospitals, non-profit museums and libraries and other private organizations performing a public function

10. Provide for planting, rearing and preservation of shade and ornamental trees on the streets and public grounds

11. To improve the City’s waterfront

12. For entertaining, amusements, concerts, celebrations and cultural activities