CLEVELAND – April 14, 2015 – A Christmas Story House Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for the “A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project”.  The project is designed to help enhance and restore the Tremont neighborhood surrounding the A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio and give back to the local residents.

If you were to take a trip down West 11th, or one of the other streets close to A Christmas Story House & Museum, you may be in for a big surprise!  In the summer of 2014, over $60,000 was granted to the neighborhood and 28 projects were completed.  Projects included exterior painting, gutters, windows, landscaping and more!  Applications are currently being accepted now through May 1st for new projects this summer.  Over $70,000 is waiting to be granted in 2015 thanks to additional fundraising efforts, including the A Christmas Story 5K/10K Run which hosted over 6,000 runners this past December.  The annual charitable race contributed 100% of its proceeds to the foundation which added $65,000 to this years’ budget.

A Christmas Story House Neighborhood Restoration Project is a program managed by the A Christmas Story House Foundation, a non-profit organization established to restore and maintain the neighborhood surrounding the A Christmas Story House & Museum for future generations to experience and enjoy.  The foundation provides grants to projects that enhance and preserve the surrounding area located in Cleveland’s oldest neighborhood, Tremont.  Approximately 150 qualifying residences are located between Clark Avenue, West 14th Street and Buhrer Avenue.

Residents of the neighborhood can pick up an application at the A Christmas Story House and apply for up to $10,000 for projects including; exterior painting, gutter replacement, porch repair, fencing, landscaping, and other exterior updates.  Restoration projects are expected to begin in July.  “Everyone is incredibly excited for this project.  Last year contractors were out painting houses wearing Santa hats!  The change to the neighborhood in just our pilot year was remarkable, so we are looking forward to getting started on more homes this summer.” said Angela Dickerson, CEO of A Christmas Story House & Museum.

A Christmas Story House Foundation has partnered with Tremont West Development Corporation.  TWDC is a non-profit organization that works to serve over 9,000 residents as well as over ninety small businesses with community building, neighborhood infrastructure improvements, home maintenance and repair, and event planning and management.

Steven Intermill
216-298-4919 ext. 1018

A Christmas Story House & Museum, now restored to the original movie appearance, is located just five minutes from downtown Cleveland at 3159 W. 11th St. in the Tremont neighborhood. It is open year-round, 7 days a week, excluding major holidays. Tours of the house run every hour. Regular admission tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, $7 for children more information or for directions, visit www.AChristmasStoryHouse.com or call 216-298-4919.

A Christmas Story House is now available year round for fans to spend the night in Ralphie and Randy’s room. For more information and reservations please visit  http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/stay, email stay@achristmasstoryhouse.com or call 216-298-4919 ext. 1017.

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