GRAND BAY LIBRARY GETS NEW GRANTS

Citizens For A Better Grand Bay and Friends of the Grand Bay Library are renovating the historic Grand Bay State Bank building (1913) for use as a public library, technology center and museum.

The location for the library is in the old Grand Bay State Bank Building on Freeland Ave. The Grand Bay State Bank was located in this building from 1913 to 1929. It was used as the US Post Office from 1933 to 1975. Most recently it was the location of the El Cazador Museum. The upstairs of the 4,000 SF building was previously used as a Masonic Lodge. IMG_3374

The repair and replacement of the 1st floor windows on the west and  north sides of the building was recently completed  funded by a grant from the Gulf Coast RC&D Council in the amount of $3,236.30 and the Sybil Smith Foundation Grant of $10,000 and donations from within the community that matched the Daniel Foundation Challenge Grant in 2016.

IMG_3373The older window glass was replaced with code required glass by Pascagoula Glass of Pascagoula Mississippi and the original window framework and  window trim was repaired by local contractor Clark Painting and Contracting of Coden, Alabama. In addition to the local contractors involved in this phase of work, volunteers from within the Grand Bay community also participated with the initial stages of the window replacement project by preparing the area for the contractors.

Gulf Coast RC&D helped kick start the Grand Bay Library Project with  a $25,000 grant in 2011 to pay for the initial engineering and design plans and architectural schematics, presentations and drawings

The Grand Bay Library is being renovated in phases. The next phase will be the installation of new exterior doors in July.

The Grand Bay Library needs your support and we need your help to plan fundraising events.  For more information go to the Facebook page at The Grand Bay Library.

Funding for the Grand Bay Library renovations comes from Grants, Fundraisers and donations. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be sent many ways:  Just Give https://npo.justgive.org/CBGB, Payal at citizens36541@gmail.com, or send a check to CBGB?Grand Bay Library, P O Box 274, Grand Bay, AL 36541. Your donations are tax deductible and will directly benefit the community.

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