The Bloomfield Town Council voted Wednesday to allow a grant to be submitted on behalf of the town to potentially raise funds for the Bloomfield Town Pool.
Sophie Haywood, who serves on the Save the Pool fundraising committee, volunteered to write the application for the community grant to be submitted to the United States Department of Agriculture.
"Since the town owns the pool, they have to submit the grant, but I will write it," Haywood noted.
The fundraising committee was put in place at a Bloomfield Town Council special session Sept. 25 following a report from Midwestern Engineering Firm with ideas for the future of the pool -- which was deemed unsafe.
Haywood, Marcy Cook and Sawyer and Sammie Sparks are co-chairing the committee.
Haywood said the grant could cover up to half of the approximately $800,000 needed to re-open the pool, which was closed this past summer due to suspected safety hazards.
"If the grant is received, the money will be tucked away until the total funds are raised," Haywood noted.
While the fundraising committee does not expect to see $400,000 come from the grant, it is hopeful to see several thousand dollars come from applying for the grant.
"Congress delegates so much for the grant and sends it out to the states. Then the states delegate it to the local USDA," Haywood explained. "The chances are slim that we would get half, but we could get $35-40,000 or even $100-150,000."
Once Haywood has written the grant, Bloomfield clerk-treasurer Sondra Thompson will submit it on behalf of the town.
Haywood noted since the inception of the committee in September, there has been more than $100,000 raised through contributions and fundraising efforts.
"We are not very far into the fundraising arm of this, but they have already raised an eighth of it," Haywood said.
The fundraising committee kicked off its efforts at the Bloomfield Apple Festival, at which time it started selling T-shirts and raising awareness.
Haywood said there has been at least one large contribution, but much of the money has been raised through several small donations.
"Some of the younger kids are doing fundraising with T-shirts," Haywood added.
Town Council member Doug Frye suggested the committee have information regarding the status of the fundraising.
Haywood said the committee is working toward having a sign put up on the square in downtown Bloomfield, and information is available at www.bloomfieldpool.com regarding the amount of funds raised.
"I think that's something we need to do, to keep the community informed," Haywood said.
All donations are tax deductible and can be sent to Fill The Pool, P.O. Box 544, Bloomfield, Ind., 47424. Donations can also be made on the website www.BloomfieldPool.com .