Move On Up Mississippi opens third grant cycle

Published 8:54 am Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Due to gracious donor support and the ongoing desire to improve access to children’s health and wellness initiative throughout Mississippi, chef John Currence’s foundation, Move On Up Mississippi, announced the opening of its third grant cycle.

Last year, MOUMS contributed nearly $30,000 in community funding to six local children’s health and wellness programs: Baptist Cancer Center, Doors of Hope Transition Ministries, the Gordon Community and Cultural Center, Oxford Community Market, Oxford School District and the University of Mississippi’s Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management.

The funding decisions were made by MOUMS’s eight board members: John T. Edge, Mac Nichols, Kelly English, Afton Thomas, Eleanor Green, Glenn Aquino, Mariana Jurss and Janae Owens.

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Any Mississippi non-profit organization, public school, government entity or program sponsored by a qualifying organization and working to positively impact the health and wellness of the state’s children and youth is eligible to submit a proposal to the foundation’s competitive grant process by March 1.

MOUMS is especially interested in applicants whose programs are intentionally inclusive, provide measurable result and focus on children and families.

Application proposals must be sent by email or mail in PDF format and postmarked by March 1. The MOUMS Board of Directors will review the applications announce grant recipients by May. Materials for the application can be requested by emailing