@@Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, Missouri USDA Rural Development State Director announced funding of $30,000 to Main Street USA Charitable Foundation, Inc. to install a new elevator lift for the museum. A certificate of congratulations representing the funding was presented to the museum during a funding celebration held on Tuesday, May 24th, at the Walt Disney museum.
Dunning said, “The grant funds originated from Rural Development’s Community Facility Grant program. The community facility grants provide funding for essential public improvements to public bodies and non-profit corporations with substantial ties to the local community. The remainder of the cost of the new roof ($43,152.00) was provided by the museum in the form of applicant contribution.
Rural Development worked with Kaye Malins, Secretary of Main St. USA, in the application phase of funding for the project. Ms. Malins expressed appreciation to Rural Development for funding of the new elevator lift for the museum. Ms. Malins stated that the new elevator lift was needed for the handicapped and elderly to view all exhibits on the second floor of the museum. The museum was not in a financial position to install the new elevator lift without the assistance of USDA Rural Development.
U.S. Congressman Sam Graves said “This grant will allow people of all ages to enjoy the area’s history and keep people coming to Marceline to learn more about Walt Disney. I am glad the USDA Rural Development program also recognizes the importance of preserving our quality of life in rural Missouri.”
“Funding important projects like this elevator for the museum indicates that Rural Development is committed to the future of rural communities,” added Dunning. “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development provides equity and technical assistance to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available by visiting USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or contact Danny L. Jackson, at the Chillicothe Rural Development office, 1100 Morton Parkway, Chillicothe, Missouri 64601 or by calling 660-646-6222 ext. 4.
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