September 30, 2010

Downing House Museum Receives $500 Grant from NMCAA’s Step Up

On September 17, 2010 the Downing House Museum in Memphis Missouri received a $500 grant from Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency’s (NMCAA) 2010 Step Up to Leadership Program Graduate, Ruby Jimenez. The grant funding will be used to purchase an air conditioning unit for the museum.

NMCAA Step Up to Leadership initiative is a 12 session program design to provide participants with information on community organizations, how they are formed, what rules, regulations, and laws govern these groups, and ways citizens can to be involved in community activities. One Step Up To Leadership session focus on learning how to submit grant applications for community projects.

Ruby, a local Memphis resident, successfully submitted and received the $500 NMCAA Step Up To Leadership Grant on the behalf of the Downing House Museum.

Ruby selected the Downing House Museum, as the grant recipient based on a summer visit to the museum. “The tour guides in the museum were all uncomfortable due to the heat. The fans in the museum were on, but blowing hot air. The curator told me that they would appreciate a window air conditioner very much.”

Kristal Phillips, the Memphis Area Step Up To Leadership Facilitator and Grant Writing Mentor, said that: “Preparing the grant application was a lengthy process and Ruby spent numerous hours submitting grant documentation and corresponding with the Downing House Museum Board of Directors and local businesses to secure the grant funding in order to purchase and install the air conditioning unit. Ruby’s hard work was well worth the effort and her success will benefit the Downing House Museum and the citizens of Memphis for years to come.”

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