The town of Mount Olive and Carver Alumni Association are moving closer to a partnership that is set to give the historic school alumni a boost in its search for grant improvement money.
Town Manager Charles Brown said the town has offered the deed to properties currently being used by the historic school’s alumni.
“They have plans to make major improvements to the facilities they already use, and as a nonprofit organization can apply for federal grant monies,” Brown told the Tribune.
Owning the property will increase chances of getting grant money, he said.
The alumni association currently uses three buildings on the old school site on South Breazeale Avenue.
Brown said the town has offered the deed to alumni and is now waiting for a reply.
The town owns the old Carver School property, and has already deeded a facility being used by WAGES (Wayne Action Group for Economic Solvency) to them.
WAGES, Brown said, is seeking a $1.8 million federal grant to expand its programs, particularly Head Start and senior programs.
Plans for expansion of the Head Start program would make it the largest Head Start operation in the county and “a showcase for the entire area,” Brown said. “Just like WAGES, if Carver owns the property they have a much better chance of getting their grant applications approved.”
If those facilities are deeded over to Carver, it would leave the town owning only the gymnasium, Brown noted.
Plans are currently in the works to turn that into a disaster recovery center.
Brown said that the town has also applied for a $500,000 grant to install a generator system at the gym.
“All we are doing right now is waiting and hoping that money gets approved so we can move ahead with setting up the disaster center that would serve the entire area,” the town manager said. “We are a sub-grantee with Wayne County on that effort and we know that money is moving on down the pipeline again. It is a project that has been endorsed and approved by everybody involved and we are sitting on go if the funds are approved.”