The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston received a grant of $3,000,000 sponsored by Congressman Al Green and $475,000 from Ft. Bend County Commissioners Court Judge KP George.
Southwest Houston, TX- The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston (EGMH), the first museum in the United States devoted to preserving and promoting Mahatma Gandhi’s history and values, received $475,000 from Ft. Bend County Commissioners Court under the American Rescue Plan. Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court Judge KP George announced the grant during a press conference held last December.
“The Eternal Gandhi Museum Houston is delighted and truly grateful to the Fort Bend County Commissioners’ court for approving this grant,” said Atul B. Kothari, one of Judge K.P. George’s campaign contributors and trustee of the museum.
The Museum held its groundbreaking ceremony on July 3, 2021, with several elected public officials, including Judge KP George, Congressman Al Green, and Houston, TX Mayor Sylvester Turner.
The House Appropriations Committee authorized the grant and referred it to the Senate for consideration as part of the $1.5 trillion fiscal 2022 budget.
$3,000,000 from Congress under Al Green for Community Project Funding.
$475,000 from Ft. Bend County under the American Rescue Plan.
Another $500,000 from the Houston Endowment Foundation.
And $100,000 from The Elkins Foundation.
While the EGMH Board of Trustees allegedly committed $1.1 million, tax statements on record with the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) show that at least three of the museum’s trustees are listed as lenders for funding the museum’s construction. According to IRS.GOV, the museum has not filed taxes since 2019.
A fundraising campaign is still underway through foundations, corporations, and private donors to collect more funds. EGMH is expected to open sometime in 2023.
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