NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  FRIENDS OF THE WELSH MUSEUM, INC

The recipient entity's physical address:
           201 Pine Street
Welsh, LA 70591

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           201 Pine Street
Welsh, LA 70591

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Mary Sue Lyon

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  Both

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           MARY SUE LYON Director
201 W. Pine St
Welsh, LA 70591

Karen Trahan
201 W. Pine Street
Welsh, LA 70591

James F. Wright
201 W. Pine Street
Welsh, LA 70591

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Hazel Hebert Benoit Center for Homemaking Studies is planned for location on the site of a building 501 West Nichols St. in Welsh. This proposal plans to complete renovation of the subject site for establishment of a program to support homemakers. Partial renovation, locally funded, has already been undertaken.
Originally housing the Welsh High School Home Economics Department, the subject site was abandoned following relocation of the High School in 1959. Purchased by family members of Hazel Benoit around 2002, the structure was donated to the Welsh Museum in her memory in 2013. Mrs. Benoit taught Home Economics in Welsh for thirty two years beginning in 1945, changing the lives of thousands of Welsh families.
Renovated, this building is expected to provide a site to help renovate families by providing the support and knowledge required to establish and maintain home living. Skills such as home financial management, cleaning, cooking, self-care, child development, care for the elderly and self care will be targeted from this location. Adjacent to the new Jefferson Davis Parish Library, now under construction, programs at this site can be expected to offer to the community opportunities for skill acquisition that are currently missing from education systems. A discussion of shared opportunities between the library and this cottage has been initiated a recent museum board meeting.
Al representative of the Veterans administration, charged with support of homeless vets recently pointed out an area of need for his clients. Laying out a typical scenario, he described many veterans as people who left their families immediately after High School, having been taken care of by their parents, entered the service where few skills for homemaking are required, then left the service with little knowledge and few skills for establishing a home or family. Supports for these vets and for other groups such as persons leaving foster care, persons who have grown up with addicted parents, and persons with children who have special needs are all seen as candidates for the services that could be made available through this site.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $12,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $40,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $90,000
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Consolidation of community identity in the local rural southwest Louisiana area served by restoration of family values. Intergroup cooperation is maximized by focusing on the historic importance of all ethnic, social, economic, cultural and religious groups found among the local communities, with the individual character of each community identified and valued. Improvement of the family and the home as the heart of the community. Restoration of those values through a return to the skill sets established historically.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goal: Provide a central location for meeting the needs of diverse
groups around family values
Goal: Improve skill sets related to home finance
Objective: Local banks to teach online banking
Objective: Goals based budgeting counseling
Objective: Public and private agency benefits counseling

Goal: Provide support for childhood development
Objective: Infant and early childhood instruction
Objective: Contact with outside public/private support
Objective: Support for families with developmental conditions
Objective: Group for safe and effective childhood discipline

Goal: Develop home based dietary skills
Objective: Food safety instruction
Objective: Instruction for safe use of dietary tools/devices
Objective: Budgeting nutrition
Objective: Gardening/home food development
Objective: Healthy, culturally valued diet

Goal Promote Hygienic Practices
Objective: Complete bathing instruction
Objective Cleaning a variety of home surfaces
Objective Cleaning in challenging environments

Goal Promote Home safety
Objective: Use appliances safely
Objective: Manage obstacles, limit falls
Objective: Safe use of heat
Objective: Safe storage of hazardous materials.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           12 Months

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  James Wright 
                                       address:  103 W. South St
                                       phone:  3373701565
                                       relationship to entity:  Direector