The Tennessee State Museum has granted out $5 million to Tennessee museums and historic sites throughout the state for capital improvements and maintenance. The funding came from monies the Tennessee General Assembly made available in the 2023-2024 Appropriations Act, “for the sole purpose of providing grants to museums with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or affiliated with a governmental entity for capital maintenance and improvements.”
“It was a highly competitive process,” said Ashley Howell, executive director of the Tennessee State Museum. In total, the Tennessee State Museum received 170 applications, totaling $12.5M in funding requests for the $5M appropriation. The Museum made full or partial awards to 108 museums across the state, representing 58 counties. The Wayne County Museum was awarded a grant in the amount of $40,550.
“The Tennessee State Museum serves the State of Tennessee through history, art, and culture,” added Howell. “There is incredible work being done throughout the state by our strong network of Tennessee museums and historic homes. This grant is an extension of how we can further support their efforts and the preservation of local and state history. We thank the Tennessee General Assembly for their support for Tennessee Museums.”
“Congratulations to Wayne County Museum for submitting a successful grant application,” said State Senator Page Walley. “This museum tells important stories of culture and history. It adds tremendous value to the community in Wayne County, and I appreciate its work to engage citizens in learning about our history.”
The Capital Improvement and Maintenance grant had a minimum request amount of $5,000 and a maximum request amount of $100,000. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2024.