NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Iberville Museum Association, INC.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           57735 Main Street
Plaquemine LA 70764

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           P.O. Box 701
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0701

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

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

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  2772

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $6,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

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:
           Chairman of the Board: James Hymel - 58200 Hymel St., White Castle, LA 70788
Vice-Chairman: Jacob Wilbert - 58485 Bayou Rd., Plaquemine, LA 70764
Treasurer: Kristen Butcher - 62155 Bayou Jacob Rd., Plaquemine, LA 70764
Secretary: Chinkie Cointement - 24120 Eden St., Plaquemine, LA 70764
Historian: Stella Tanoos - 21895 Talbot Drive, Plaquemine, LA 70764
Director-Curator: Meghan Sylvester - 58224 Canal St Unit A, Plaquemine, LA 70764

Board Members:
Haley Brown - 58445 Village Court, Plaquemine, LA 70764
Daphine Denney - 60330 Bayou Rd., Plaquemine, LA 70764
Mercedes Dore - 24010 Ferdinand Street, Plaquemine, LA 70764
Hampton Obier - P.O. Box 303, Rosedale, LA 70764
Paula Pitre - 60235 Grosse Tete St. Plaquemine, LA 70764

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Iberville Museum Association respectfully requests a grant of $6,000 from the Louisiana State Legislature grants for Non-government Organizations. With the proposed NGO grant, Iberville Museum will purchase storage furniture and preservation supplies to rehouse the books and paper items within its permanent collection. The grant will also support the hiring of a part-time collections management intern to assist in the development of a catalog system that will elevate the management of the collection and upload our collection to the Louisiana Digital Library database. The primary goal of the project is to develop and improve the care of our collections and ensure their accessibility to the broader public.

The books and paper items to be rehoused may be classified into four main categories: books, maps, documents, and photographs. Materials such as mat board, corrugated e-flute board, archival tissue and sleeves, and document boxes will be used to construct enclosures for the largest portion of the museum’s collection that needs the most attention.

The collections of the Iberville Museum Association celebrate the cultural heritage and history of Iberville Parish. Funds from the grant will be used to contribute to the Louisiana Digital Library, an online library containing photographs, maps, manuscripts materials, books, oral histories, and other items that document the history and culture of Louisiana. This will make our collection more accessible to the broader public and preserve the items in a digital format.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,000
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $750
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $2,250
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          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?

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Since its founding in 2000, the Iberville Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Iberville Parish’s heritage and culture. Throughout the years the institution has collected a strong and unique collection related to the early settlement of the parish, life and industry along the Mississippi River, Iberville Parish military veterans, and the Atchafalaya Basin. These collections are not only an asset to those who live in the State of Louisiana, but to the nation as a whole as they educate the general public about the power of objects, such as photos, documents, art, clothes, and household items, as vehicles of memory and promote greater levels of skill in the preservation of history.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Preservation procedures have been applied sporadically over the years, and no clear guidelines existed when new items were accessioned into the collection. This has resulted in inadequate housing and display conditions for a large portion of the collection. For example, the large and significant collection of historical photographs of the city of Plaquemine and Iberville Parish remains in cardboard boxes or were placed in matting and stacked on top of each other. Furthermore, items on display have not been rotated according to a schedule. Since the recent hire of a new curator, tremendous strides have been made, but preservation issues are ongoing and need to be constantly addressed, with long-term collections care plans.

The Museum’s primary goals are to preserve its existing permanent collection properly and to create better accessibility and visibility for its collection. Iberville Museum’s permanent collection is a tremendous community resource that is under-utilized due to a lack of collection gallery space, limited physical accessibility to the collection spaces, and little published material on the collection. Since there is relatively limited access to the collection, digitizing the collection will make it widely accessible through the Louisiana Digital Library, aiding in teaching, research, audience building, and new scholarship.

As a result of this project, the collection will be properly preserved and maintained, according to collections management guidelines, and the public will have access to the most historically significant items the museum owns.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 year

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:
                 Haley Brown, 58445 Village Court, Plaquemine, LA 70764; Chad Brown, 57835 Plaquemine Street Plaquemine, LA 70764, State Representative; Spouse;

     (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:
                  Board Member

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:
                 Mayor Edwin "Ed" Reeves; PO Box 675 Plaquemine, LA 70765-0675; City of Plaquemine

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               Ten-year lease of the city building that the museum is housed in. To be renewed in 2020.

Contact Information
name:  Meghan Sylvester 
                                       address:  P O Box 701, Plaquemine LA 70764
                                       phone:  2256877197
                                       relationship to entity:  Curator - Director