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1105 Challenge Grant Donation

   Iowa City's City Council is showing support for the 1105 Project by unanimously passing a resolution to approve a $100,000 challenge grant to help pay for the project. The City will provide $100,000 in funding, as long as the agencies are able to raise an additional $200,000 on their own.  The city will make annual payments of $20,000 for five years.  If the 1105 Project cannot raise the money, the city will give them a prorated portion of the donation.
   The 1105 Project is the fundraising arm of a project based at 1105 S. Gilbert Court in Iowa City. Formerly used as the Johnson County Public Health building, the facility was sold by the county for just $1 in the fall of 2012 to a social services partnership consisting of the Crisis Center of Johnson County, Free Lunch Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Domestic Violence Intervention Program. The nonprofits turned the space into a collaborative hub in order to serve their clients more efficiently and effectively. The 1105 Project is now hosting numerous fundraisers and requesting donations from local government, businesses, organizations, and citizens to help pay for the building's $1.25 million in renovations and furnishings.
   To date, about $920,000 has been raised from more than 650 donors.
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