The holidays arrived with an extra helping of cheer in the form of two grants for a startup, nonprofit organization in Chandler dedicated to constructing a children’s museum.
The Children’s Museum of Chandler received notice it had been awarded its first grant funds, including $10,000 from the William L. and Ruth T. Pendleton Memorial Fund.
"That is a grant specifically earmarked for office equipment," said Dawn Hawkins, founder and executive director of the museum. "We’re going to get some computers we need and different items that will be really helpful for the museum."
The second grant is for $15,000 from the Jeld-Wen Foundation, which owns The Windmill Inn of Chandler, Hawkins said. Those funds are for construction or renovation, she said.
While the museum group doesn’t have enough money for a building, it is looking for office space in downtown Chandler to conduct museum business, said Joseph Arias, vice president of the museum’s board of directors.
The museum takes traveling exhibits to local school, libraries and community events through its Museum on the Go! program.
"It’s basically to introduce young children, even very young children, to various aspects of science as well as art and local history," Arias said.
To volunteer for the Children’s Museum of Chandler or make a donation, call (480) 963-0262 or visit www.cmchandler.org.