Les Amis has some wonderful 300th Capital Project Campaign grant news! As most of you remember, early in 2020, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres asked permission from IDNR to begin a fundraising $100,000 capital project campaign in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of the building of the first wooden Fort de Chartres. We wanted to take the opportunity of this milestone anniversary to focus attention on the much-needed repairs at Fort de Chartres State Historic Site. We asked for permission to focus this capital project campaign for the repairs needed at the Fort’s Land Gate, the main entrance for visitors and a highly recognizable site feature. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres began our campaign and have made progress to our goal, a positive achievement considering the current economic environment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we were invited to apply for a French Heritage Society project grant, an American non-profit organization created in 1982 that includes 10 chapters in the US and one in France. Through various activities and their educational program, FHS is dedicated to preservation, restoration and promotion of the beautiful French heritage throughout the United States and France. Les Amis du Fort de Chartres requested and was given IDNR approval to apply for the FHS project grant and we were recently notified that we were awarded a $6,000 matching-funds grant to begin phase 1 of our capital project campaign. Our Fort de Chartres grant award is one of sixteen projects being funded by the Society, with the Chicago and Louisiana FHS Chapters specifically funding our award. We can’t express our gratitude enough for their support of Fort de Chartres. In their just published publication titled “Au Courant-Summer 2020” of the French Heritage Society, they announced their 2020 grantees which can be located at the link: “Au Courant-Summer 2020” or visit their website at https://frenchheritagesociety.org/projects/grants/
We are honored and proud to be included as one of their grant awardees (see page 16 of “Au Courant”). Even more impressive, we are 1 of only 3 awards given to a site in the United States-some pretty lofty company. But wait, the good news does not stop there! We were notified yesterday by the Society that they have received a matching grant award of an additional $6,000 from the William T. Kemper Foundation for our Fort de Chartres capital project, bringing the FHS grant award to $12,000.
With this grant award and the additional $13,430 in campaign funds raised thus far, Les Amis currently has gathered donations and pledges for our campaign totaling $25,430. These donations include an outstanding $10,000 campaign pledge from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Illinois and a $1000 donation from the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Missouri. Please visit the donate page of this website for a full list of campaign donors. With more good news soon to be announced, we are confidently moving ahead in planning Phase 1 of the Capital Project focused on the Land Gate, under agreement and with approval of IDNR.
And a special THANK YOU, to all of the organizations and lovers of Fort de Chartres who continue to support the Fort and all of the history it represents. We really could not do this without your continued individual support. In the last 2 years of Fort event disappointments, do not lose heart. Great things are happening at Fort de Chartres. Stay tuned for updates. Merci à tous!