Project Overview

Goals

· To create a thriving community center in a renovated, accessible, energy-efficient building that retains the historic character of the Grange—a space where residents and other local groups can gather for meals, celebrations, performances, and other events that build community.

· To create a self-sustaining space which will allow the Norwich Community Collaborative to thrive and care for this building going forward.

· To create an organization that will serve as a hub for Norwich’s nonprofits and volunteer organizations, improving communication, increasing volunteerism, and supporting collaborations.

Project Phases

Phase 1: [completed]

Acquire the Upper Valley Community Grange Building and Build the Organization

  • Take title, insure the building, and install smoke detectors
  • Build the Board of Trustees and Form Committee

Phase 2: [by February 1, 2024]

Assess Building and Community Needs

  • Conduct engineering study, inspect the septic, and consult with the town

Determine Community Needs and Vision

Conduct community focus groups and publicity

  • Halloween Outreach (10/31/2023)
  • Community Potluck (12/3/2023)
  • Community Pancake Breakfast (1/20/2024
  • Library Exhibit and Suggestion Box (Jan 2024)
  • Norwich Times Article
  • Norwich nonprofit and volunteer organization survey

Phase 3: [by June 2024]

Fundraise for Initial Building Projects

  • Create cash flow and fundraising plan
  • Write Grants

Begin Community Collaborations

  • Norwich Times article about Community Volunteerism
  • Design collaborative welcome program for new residents

Launch Capital Campaign

Phase 4: [fall 2024]

Begin Building Renovations including:

  • Porch repairs
  • Foundation repairs