BELFAST — A $100,000 grant from a donor who asked not to be named has completed phase three of Waterfall Arts’ capital campaign, Waterfall Rising, the nonprofit announced. Staff members at the community arts center are hopeful that the funding goal for the fourth and final phase of the campaign will be met by the end of the year, completing the campaign.

The grant will fund 74 new windows on the building, replacing them with energy-efficient contemporary ones, and remove lead paint around the windows, according to a press release Jan. 4. It also provides the matching funds needed for an Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Grant.

The first phase raised funds for a new parking lot and landscaping, the second phase funded a completely new roof system, the third phase paid for new windows, and the fourth phase will raise funds for an expanded entryway and an elevator to make the building more accessible. Marketing and Development Manager Chris Battaglia hopes this grant will encourage people to support the fourth phase of the campaign, and that the campaign will conclude by the end of this year.

“We’re still in capital campaign mode, but we’re, like, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel because of things like this grant,” he said. The organization has raised over 60% of its $2.6 million funding goal, according to the press release.

Executive Director Kim Fleming said the campaign committee will continue to look for new ways to reach the campaign’s goal. Staff and members are currently involved in several conversations with donors interested in supporting the project. The annual Gala Auction will take place June 23, with all proceeds going toward the final phase, she said. She feels confident that all funds will be secured by year’s end.

Since its launch in 2000, the organization has grown to offer several art classes and studios available to the public, such as ceramics, glassblowing, printmaking, darkroom photography and more. It serves people of all ages and hosts art exhibits, events, performances and projects.

Battaglia hopes that once the renovations are complete the facility will be able to better serve the public. “We’re really grateful for all the tenacity from the community to stick with us,” he said. “And as an organization with a small staff, we hope to have as big an impact on the community as possible by having the proper facilities for the community to access and for the community to come to.”

People can donate to the final phase of the project through a link on the organization’s website at or by mailing a check to 256 High St. For more information, visit the website or call 338-2222.