Grant galore - New grant writer Morris is working to secure funding for projects in town

The Valley Banner

ELKTON – The town’s new grant writer, Allison Morris, is trying to earn her keep.

In addition to a $100,000 grant that may be in the works from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries that would go toward stopping the old town dump from leaching into the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, Morris – who began her new job with the town on Feb. 1 – has been working on obtaining other monetary awards.

Among these is a drinking water grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for an undetermined amount that would be used to help replace the town’s old water pipes.

At a February council meeting, Morris said a total replacement of the pipes done in phases will cost $15 million.
National Register?

Aubrey Von Lindern, an architectural historian with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, addressed council in February about creating a national historic district in town.

A district would require a survey of the affected property owners proposed for such a district, Lindern said. A majority of affected property owners must approve the designation.

The town could apply for a grant with the department’s cost share program to help pay for a historic preservation specialist, Lindern said.

The specialist would “take stock of what you have and set boundaries,” she said. The fee would depend on how many buildings are involved.

If a building is placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the owner can obtain income tax credits, which are 20 percent for federal and 25 percent for state. The federal tax credit requires that the building be income-generating, such as a business or rental property. There is no such requirement for the state credit.

Elkton Theatre
Individual property owners can also apply for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Lindern said she is working on an application for the Elkton Theatre, which Pham Chopra purchased last year from the U.S. Marshals Service for $42,500.

Lindern said she is working with Elkton resident Alex Wiatt on the application, which was filed in January.

“We’re in the middle of the process,” she said, noting it will likely take most, if not all, of the year to complete.

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