For reference only, the Grant Guidelines and Application Forms for the 2008 Heritage Grants Program are provided below:
Key changes from previous grant cycles:
• The maximum grant award is now $35,000
• Grants are awarded for up to 12 months
• Applicants must provide at least an equal match from non-federal sources
• New grant categories
Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
The following types of organizations are eligible to apply for grants:
• units of state and local government
• federally-recognized Indian tribes
• academic institutions
• non-profit organizations with 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service
Project Eligibility Requirements:
• Projects must be located in the 25-county region of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area or the Qualla Boundary. The 25 counties are: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.
• Grant applicants must provide at least an equal contribution of matches from non-federal sources.
• The project activity to be funded by the grant should be focused on one or more of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s core heritage themes: Agricultural Heritage, Cherokee Heritage, Craft Heritage, Music Heritage, and/or Natural Heritage.
• At the time of application, the project must be included in at least one of the local heritage development plans authored by Heritage Councils in the 25 counties of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the Qualla Boundary. New project ideas can be presented to the Heritage Councils for inclusion in these plans. Contact your local Heritage Tourism Development Officer for more information about the Heritage Councils.
• A complete list of project eligibility requirements and grant application procedures can be found in the Grant Guidelines (see above).