An $890,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation will allow the Levine Museum of the New South to make repairs and upgrades to its East Seventh Street home. Nearly 400 applications were received by the foundation for the program and the Levine was one of only nine organizations nationwide to receive a grant.
Among the repairs the grant will cover is replacement of the Levine’s failing roof and re-cladding the building’s exterior. Some money will also go into the Levine’s reserve fund to pay for upkeep of its building, the former home of the Clark Tribble Harris and Li architectural firm that was renovated for the museum in 2001.
“Because Levine Museum owns its building, we face steeper challenges in shaping a sustainable business model than institutions who operate in city-owned facilities,” museum president Emily Zimmern said in a statement. “Our fixed costs are significantly higher and include all capital repairs and replacement costs, as well as building operations.”
Kresge’s grant will be matched by the Leon Levine Foundation as part of its decade-long $3 million challenge grant announced last year.