2022 Community Grants Program in the US
The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area (MHNHA) is pleased to launch the 2022 Community Grants Program for innovative projects that will help accomplish the goals and objectives defined in the Management Plan.
The program is designed to provide strategic investments in heritage sites, events, programs and other projects of cultural, educational and recreational value within the boundaries of the MHNHA.
The federal funds for this program are provided to MHHAA through the National Park Service and require a 1:1 match.
Education Grants (open to all schools districts, school support groups and nonprofit cultural/heritage attractions within the Mississippi Hills NHA): Requests of up to $1,000 per trip will be considered and multiple trips may be requested on the same applications.
Flash Grants (open to all qualified applicants within the Mississippi Hills NHA): Requests of $1,000 – $2,500 will be considered.
Small Grants (open to all qualified applicants within the Mississippi Hills NHA): Requests of $2,500 – $5,000 will be considered.
Large Grants (open to all qualified dues paying members in good standing): Requests for $5,000 – $20,000 will be considered.
To be eligible for funding, projects must address one or more of the goals. Projects that address more than one goal will be given higher consideration. Projects that incorporate one or more primary interpretive themes – African American heritage, Civil War, Native American heritage and Music & Literature – are highly encouraged.
Education and Interpretation
Connect heritage sites/attractions through use of interpretive themes/strategies.
Lift public awareness about Hills heritage through education and research.
Cultural and Heritage Tourism
Develop physical or programmatic linkages between destinations to enhance visitor experience.
Promote greater brand awareness through comprehensive marketing and public-relations programs using both traditional and new media.
Use a consistent visual identity and brand in all collateral materials.
Encourage marketing and public relations collaborations between MHNHA and cultural & heritage assets in the region, as well as partnerships between individual sites/resources.
Heritage Resource Conservation and Enhancement
Conduct research to facilitate the identification, preservation and recognition/ promotion of significant heritage sites and attractions within MHNHA.
Conserve, preserve and enhance the cultural & heritage assets of MHNHA.
Encourage sensitive resource development to protect cultural & heritage assets and natural landscapes and viewsheds.
Promote entrepreneurial activity and business development related to MHNHA cultural & heritage assets and resources.
Utilize cultural & heritage assets to foster sustainable economic activity.
Provide planning & technical assistance to asset managers and operators
Within MHNHA, the grant program is open to non-profit organizations, school groups, attractions, museums, partnerships, federally-recognized Indian tribes, cultural & heritage events, programs, presentations and all MHHAA dues paying members in good standing.
All applicants must demonstrate sufficient expertise to manage their project to completion.
Please Note – Education, Flash and Small grants are available to any qualified applicant while Large grants are reserved for dues paying members in good standing.
For more information, visit https://mississippihills.org/grants/