Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) released its 2020 Grants Program application and guidelines on Oct. 5. Now in its twentieth cycle, the CRNHA Grant Program provides funding to local, regional, state, and out of state entities, as well as individuals, for projects that contribute to the conservation of the Cane River region’s unique historical, cultural, and natural resources.
“Encouraging community members to take an active interest in protecting the area’s distinctive architecture, natural resources, and traditions is a priority for the Cane River National Heritage Area,” remarked CRNHA Executive Director Rebecca Blankenbaker. “Through our grant program, residents and community organizations become a critical link in our partnership chain to preserve the region’s powerful history and encourage economic growth and new development through heritage tourism,” continued Blankenbaker.
Since its inception in 1999, the competitive grants program has provided more than 5.6 million dollars in funding to local preservation and heritage development projects. For the 2020 grant cycle, funding is available for the following types of projects:
Historic Preservation & Enhancement: Projects that assist in preserving, stabilizing, and restoration of historic properties or other cultural resources that are at least 50-years old and listed on, or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Conservation & Collections: The conservation and protection of tangible (i.e., archeological and cultural artifacts, artwork) and intangible (i.e., language, practices) cultural heritage resources; the documentation and archiving of historical records and accounts (i.e., photographic documentation, oral histories, video dairies, historic recordings, and mapping).
Land & Water Conservation: The protection of natural resources (i.e., native plant species, waterways, historic transportation routes, earthen works, and historic landscapes). Projects that assist in conserving sensitive landscapes, such as those adjacent to nationally significant historic properties within CRNHA.
Recreation: The development and enhancement of public spaces; development of programs that seek to improve the quality of life through health and leisure activities; trail development and enhancement; interpretive signage; park development and enhancement; lighting and security for public spaces; development of local tourism activities.
Heritage Education & Interpretation: Heritage education and interpretation projects help preserve and provide access to cultural and educational resources, strengthen teaching and learning in schools and colleges, promote research and scholarship, provide opportunities for lifelong learning, and strengthen the understanding of the Cane River region.
Viable projects in each category must show a substantial relation to preservation, interpretation, and promotion of the region’s resources with an emphasis on establishing partnerships; produce a one-to-one match of funds from a non-federal source; demonstrate a clear benefit to the public, and have a significant impact on the Cane River National Heritage Area.
All grant applications must be received by November 13, 2020, at 5:00 pm CST. For more information or request a copy of the grant application and guidelines, contact Logan Schlatre at (318) 356-5555.
Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that manages the congressionally designated Cane River National Heritage Area. Its mission is to preserve and promote Cane River’s cultural and natural resources and encourage economic development by strengthening heritage tourism in the region.