Grant writer strikes again, winning $10,000 for gazebo

Grant writer strikes again, winning $10,000 for gazebo

CUMBERLAND – The $48,000 hiring of part-time grant writer Lisa Andoscia earlier this year has already paid for itself several times over, said Mayor Jeff Mutter after the latest announcement last week of a $10,000 Rhode Island Foundation grant to spruce up the more than 30-year-old gazebo at the Monastery.

And while this one wasn’t a shocking win, Mutter said an earlier Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 to restore the Cumberland Senior Center near the gazebo was quite a nice surprise.

Andoscia also has a number of other irons in the fire for grants she’s working on, said the mayor.

“She’s been great,” he said, adding that Andoscia is working well with all departments.

The grant for the gazebo is part of a comprehensive approach to chipping away at restoring tired park spaces, according to Mutter.

“These are our gems,” he said.

Many visitors come to both the Monastery and Diamond Hill Park, which is also targeted for improvements, he said.

Improvements to the Monastery’s gazebo will include repairing the roof, adding lighting, and making landscape improvements, according to a release.

“We are most grateful for the funding to preserve our picturesque Victorian garden gazebo; once restored it will be used for extensive public enjoyment by our residents and visitors,” said the mayor in a statement. “The gazebo has ornate details and a beautiful presence on the grounds of the Monastery and has always been the perfect setting for special events, weddings and recreational activities.”

The rehab is set to begin later this fall. The town is working with the volunteers from the Rhode Island Master Gardeners to protect the plantings around the gazebo. The Highway Department will re-roof the structure, allowing savings to be used for lighting improvements.