Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Keweenaw Heritage Grants workshop to be Feb. 3

CALUMET -- The National Park Service (NPS) at Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission have scheduled the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants workshop for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at park headquarters, located at the corner of Red Jacket Road and US-41 in Calumet.

Targeted audiences for the grant program workshop are owners and operators of historic properties and providers of copper-related history programs within Houghton, Keweenaw, or Ontonagon counties and the northern half of Baraga County.

This first workshop will prepare potential applicants for the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program, focusing on the various types of projects that potential grantees may want to consider, and will include examples of past projects and sample applications. NPS professional staff will be on hand to advise attendees on issues related to planning a successful project and submitting an application that will compete well.

The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission will be offering $100,000 in grants for its part of the 2011 program, doubling its available funds from 2010. Advisory Commission grants will be available to owners and operators of historic properties, and providers of copper-related programs. Advisory Commission grants will be subject to a 1-to-1 match, although up to 100 percent of the match may be in-kind.

National Park Service grants will be available to owners of historic property within the Calumet and Quincy units of the park, subject to a 1-to-1 cash match, in accordance with the current park legislation. The NPS will have up to $50,000 available for its part of the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program.

Grants for both the Advisory Commission and the NPS will range between $1,000 and $50,000. There will be one application to apply for both funding sources. Organizations that operate Keweenaw Heritage Sites will receive greater consideration for the grants, although all applications will be considered. Projects will be selected for funding based on answers submitted in the application, available funds, and a balance of project types and location.

Grant applications will be available at the workshop, and thereafter at park headquarters or on the park’s website, Grant applications will be due by the close of business on Monday, April 11. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of NPS staff and Advisory Commission members. Grant awards will be announced by April 29. Grant funds will typically be available to successful grantees by June 1, 2011.

Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop to avail themselves of professional advice and assistance with planning efforts. For additional information, please call park headquarters at 906-337-3168 or email:

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