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 for upkeep
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Upkeep \Up"keep`\, n.
     1. The act of keeping up, or maintaining; maintenance of
        persons, organizations, or objects such as machinery, by
        providing a location, repairs, and consumable items when
        necessary. "Horse artillery . . . expensive in the
        upkeep." --Scribner's Mag.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
  
              Small outlays for repairs or upkeep of buildings.
                                                    --A. R.
                                                    Colquhoun.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     2. the cost of providing upkeep[1].
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  upkeep
      n 1: activity involved in maintaining something in good working
           order; "he wrote the manual on car care" [syn: care,
           maintenance, upkeep]
      2: the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of
         subsistence; "they were in want of sustenance"; "fishing was
         their main sustainment" [syn: sustenance, sustentation,
         sustainment, maintenance, upkeep]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  64 Moby Thesaurus words for "upkeep":
     TLC, aid, backing, bread, care, carriage, carrying, conservancy,
     conservation, conservationism, daily bread, economic support,
     endowment, environmental conservation, expenditure,
     forest conservation, forest management, keep, keeping, livelihood,
     living, maintenance, manna, meat, moral support, mothering,
     nourishment, nurture, operating costs, operation, outlay, overhead,
     preserval, preservation, price support, protection, provision,
     psychological support, reliance, repair, running, safekeeping,
     salvage, salvation, saving, security blanket, soil conservation,
     stream conservation, subsidization, subsidy, subsistence,
     subvention, support, supportive relationship, supportive therapy,
     sustaining, sustainment, sustenance, sustentation,
     tender loving care, upholding, water conservation,
     wetlands conservation, wildlife conservation
  
  

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