NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Friends of the Aviation & Military Museum of Louisiana, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71203

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71203

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:  6895

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $300,000

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:
           Albert (Skip) Caissie
4006 Bon Aire Drive
Monroe, La 71203

Stewart (Stu) Brashner
102 Strasbourg Drive
West Monroe, La 71291

Jeanette Herren
1106 Otis Street
396-3094 or 680-4106
West Monroe, La. 71291

Alan Placke
308 Summerville La
West Monroe, La 71291

Jim Gregory
Co - Chairman
2611 Marquette St.
Monroe, La 71201
352-4572 or 791-9500

Joanne Williams
3108 Monteigne Circle
Monroe, La 71201

Hon. John Harrison
205 Lakeside Dr.
Monroe, La 71201
325-8899 or 376-4594

Hon. Ben Jones
300 St. John
Monroe, La 71201
108 Kiowa Lane (Residential)
Monroe, La 71203

Willie Hunter
900 St. John
Monroe, La 71201

David Worthington
2710 Sutton
Monroe, La 71201

Lara Lane
115 Slack St
West Monroe, La 71291

Richard Hartley
112 Travis St
West Monroe, La 71291
225-342-8110 or 318-282-2024

Nell Calloway
4065 HWY 165-S
Monroe, La 71202
366-1496 or 362-5540

Adrienne LaFrance
1619 Park Ave
Monroe, La 71201
381-7246 or 362-5540

Hon. Elvis Stout
3607 Cuba Blvd.
Monroe, La 71201
355-1310 or 355-6749

Guy Miller
Co - Chairman
111 East Shore Road
Monroe, La 71203

Debbie Mahan
3005 W. Deborah Dr
Monroe, La. 71201
325-6662 or 512-1364

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum, Monroe, Louisiana, is
planning the construction of an outdoor pavilion, display and park/
activity area where seven restored military aircraft from WWII to the
Vietnam War will be displayed. The park is expected to add an additional 43,000 square feet to the existing museum space. Occasional complementary exhibits will also be featured in nearby open spaces to keep the overall exhibit fresh and to highlight different aspects of the history presented.
Explanatory, interpretive information will be included in the exhibit
along with ADA accessible seating and other features that will
make the space even more attractive for community activities and events.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $26,001
          Professional Services. . . $31,399
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $40,145
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $203,006
          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?
          Economic Development: The project will increase the Museum’s capacity to contribute to economic development. The Museum contributes to the strength and growth of jobs and businesses in the region by serving as one of the anchors in the Airport Industrial Park, 2,600 acres of land utilized for aviation and commercial development. In that role, the Museum generates $237,500 in revenue annually, providing 5.5 FTE staff positions to support operations. After the project is complete, that budget will increase by a projected 20% or approximately $300,000 annually and total staff positions will increase to 7.5 FTE with the addition of four new part-time positions. The project will increase the Museum’s purchases of goods and services through its increased budget. The project will also support a key contribution of the Museum is increasing interest in local investment by international businesses. Interest in the Chennault legacy across China helps the Museum foster cultural exchange through regular tours, business development conferences, and other occasions to attract investment by Chinese businesses in the region. The project’s Chennault elements will increase this impact. Also, the Museum helps brand the Monroe/Northeast Louisiana area as a fertile ground for new businesses and ideas to take root and grow into national successes, like Delta Airlines (featured in the exhibits) and CenturyLink. The project will increase this branding by expanding displays related to Delta and other regional aspects of aviation history.
Historic Preservation: The project will significantly expand the Museum preservation of a unique and rich aspect of the area’s history and heritage. Specifically, the Museum is a repository for artifacts, oral and written histories, educational opportunities, etc., for the history of aviation in the region and nation (establishment of Delta Airlines, aviation navigation, aerial surveying of pipelines and crop dusting) as well as the region’s and nation’s military history through the WWII Selman Field navigation school and WWII Gen. Claire Chennault legacy via aerial combat tactics and WWII service.
Tourism: The Museum serves an average of 30,000 visitors per year, with their accompanying spending on accommodation, food, transportation, and items like souvenirs. This project will increase attendance by a projected 40%, with commensurate economic impact of increased tax revenue and jobs.
Education: The Museum currently provides year-round school tours per year averaging 3,000 elementary to high school age students annually. Tours reinforce educational content through hands-on, visual, audio, and other highly impactful media to enrich understanding of historic events and curricula content in history, English, math, geography, and the sciences. The project will increase topics available for students to include more STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects due to the relevance of these subjects in aviation related exhibits. The Museum also provides a forum for community education via community and special interest groups to experience enrichment information on topics of interest in the traditional educational fields or in special interest fields such as aviation. Increased aviation exhibits will increase opportunities for related community educational events.
Community Development: The Museum provides venue space for community activities as well as leisure activities for the region’s citizens. Events include public observances of holidays such as 4th of July and Veterans Day, musical performances, public presentations by speakers. The availability of expanded exhibit and community gathering space will create more opportunities for increased activities and events.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goal I: The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum will build an outdoor pavilion, display and park showcasing seven restored military aircraft
Objective 1a: Build a pavilion area to house restored aircraft and related exhibits featuring Delta Airlines, Selman Field navigation school, WWII Gen. Claire Chennault, and additional military aviation topics as well as grassy areas for events.
Objective 1b: Create and install signage and interpretive displays to provide explanatory information about the content of the exhibit.
Goal II: Increase Museum capacity to fulfill mission and community purposes
Objective 2a: Add 2 FTE staff positions to maintain the exhibit and engage and host additional visitors, school tours, etc.
Objective 2b: Increase annual schedule of events to engage community and tourists in Museum

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           The project will take 2 years. It will entail construction which will take a projected 1.5 years from start at the beginning of year 1 to public opening at the 6th month of year 2. The increased capacity will begin at the beginning of year 1 and be completed by the end of year 2 of the project.

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?  n/a

(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:  Adrienne G LaFrance 
                                       address:  1619 Park Ave.
Monroe, LA 71201

                                       phone:  3183817246
                                       relationship to entity:  Director