The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area has announced its 2010 Heritage Grants Program, which will provide funding for projects that preserve and promote the heritage of Western North Carolina.
The program offers matching grants to provide and leverage funding for innovative projects across the region which preserve, protect, and promote the historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Western North Carolina while stimulating economic opportunity.
Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in five thematic areas — agricultural heritage, Cherokee heritage, craft heritage, music heritage, and natural heritage.
Nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and units of state, local, and federally-recognized tribal governments serving the 25-county Blue Ridge National Heritage Area region are eligible to apply.
Regional or multi-county projects are eligible for a maximum grant award of $40,000. Regional or multi-county projects are defined as projects with activities (programs, events, presentations, fieldwork) and/or locations (sites, exhibit areas) in two or more counties of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. All other projects are considered local projects and are eligible for a maximum grant award of $25,000. Applicants must provide at least an equal matching amount. The total pool of funding for the 2010 grant cycle is $338,000.
Guidelines are available at the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Web site.