Making our region “Minnesota Beautiful”: meet the 2014 grantees

Making our region “Minnesota Beautiful”: meet the 2014 grantees

It’s amazing what a gallon of paint can do to spruce up a room. Now imagine what 569 gallons can do for a region. That’s how much paint Minnesota-based Valspar Corporation is giving this year to west central Minnesota as part of its Minnesota Beautiful program.

Twelve organizations throughout the nine-county region will receive paints, coatings and sealants from Valspar this year. The 2014 grantees were selected based on the visual impact of the project, public benefit to the community, local volunteer participation and support, intended use of the building and benefit to the needy. Projects that normally qualify include, but are not limited to, historic buildings, senior citizen or handicapped facilities, community centers, public buildings and murals.

The 2014 awardees are:
•The Boys and Girls Club of White Earth Reservation: 41 gallons to paint the interior of the old Pine Point school, which provides space for the Boys and Girls Club and for community gatherings.
•The City of Wheaton: 23 gallons to paint the interior of the Wheaton Community Library.
•Prospect House Museum, Battle Lake: 60 gallons to help complete the second phase of its revival project.
•The City of Hoffman: 15 gallons for its “Painting Up the Parks” project to repaint several park buildings.
•The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County: 45 gallons to paint the exterior of a former one-room schoolhouse—the last one in Clay County.
•A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls: 30 gallons to paint the stage and dressing rooms.
•Niemackl Lake Park Board, Herman: 15 gallons to stain a wildlife viewing tower and bridge at the park.
•The City of Starbuck and the Starbuck Study Club: 17 gallons to paint the public beach snack shack as part of a renovation project.
•West Central Minnesota Communities Action, Inc.: 100 gallons to paint the exteriors of 50-plus homes as part of its Group Cares Workcamp in Glenwood and the Lake Minnewaska area.
•West Otter Tail County Fair Board: 100 gallons to repaint buildings throughout the fairgrounds.
•Grant County Fair Board: 23 gallons to paint the 4-H building on the fairgrounds.
•Douglas County Speedway: 55 gallons to paint the grandstand and other facilities within the raceway grounds
West Central Initiative administers the program regionally. For more information, contact Greg Wagner, Economic Development Planner, 800-735-2239,