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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership offers matching grants to provide and leverage funding for new projects across the region which preserve, protect, and promote the rich historical, cultural, and natural heritage of Western North Carolina while stimulating economic opportunity.

New Grant Cycle Announced for 2018

We are pleased to announce the availability of new grants!

Applications are due October 1, 2018 and applicants will be notified by February 1, 2019.

UPDATE: The federal government shutdown has affected our notification schedule. We now plan to notify grant applicants by February 28, 2019.

Grant cycles are offered every two years.

The maximum grant award is $16,000. Applicants must provide at least a one-to-one match from non-federal sources.

Grant Guidelines and Application Forms

For complete information on the BRNHA grants program, including categories of grants and eligible uses of grant funds, be sure to review our 2018 grant guidelines and application forms:

Types of Projects Eligible for Grants

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
• Natural heritage

These distinctive facets of Western North Carolina’s heritage were the basis for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area designation in 2003.

Of particular interest to the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area are projects that:

• are regional or multi-county in scope
• involve active partnerships between organizations
• leverage substantial matches from project participants and other grantors

Funds for the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area’s matching grants program are provided by the federal government through the National Park Service.

Who Can Apply

The following types of organizations serving the 25-county Blue Ridge National Heritage Area region are eligible to apply:

• 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

Applicants may submit no more than one application per grant cycle. Only one project may be proposed in a single application.

Grant Cycle Timeline

2018 grant cycle announced – June 2018
Grant information sessions – July 2018 (schedule will be posted soon)
Deadline for grant applications – October 1, 2018
Applicants notified of funding decisions – by February 1, 2019

UPDATE: The federal government shutdown has affected our notification schedule. We now plan to notify grant applicants by February 28, 2019.

Previous Grant Awards – A Legacy of Regional Investment

Over the past fourteen years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded 154 grants totaling over $2.1 million to projects that preserve, interpret, and develop the heritage resources of the region. These awards have leveraged over $4.5 million in matching contributions from the state, local governments, and the private sector. 

Grants awarded in previous cycles have supported indoor and outdoor exhibits, oral history projects, video documentaries, interpretive programs, visitor brochures, music classes, and the marketing of heritage destinations. The grant projects have provided engaging and authentic heritage experiences to hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents.

A list of all our prior grant awards can be found here.

Reporting Forms and Publicity Requirements for Grantees

Narrative and financial reporting forms for grantees:

BRNHA Grant Progress Report Form
BRNHA Grant Final Report Form 2018
BRNHA Grant Financial Report Form
BRNHA Grant Financial Report Form (example)

A list of requirements for acknowledging receipt of grant funding and publicizing a grant award:

BRNHA Grant Publicity Requirements

Information Sessions

BRNHA staff will hold several grant information sessions around the BRNHA region in July 2018. Attendance is optional, but is recommended for those who have not attended information sessions for previous grant cycles.

The schedule and locations of the grant information sessions will be posted soon.

More Information

For more information, please contact:

Rob Bell
Senior Director of Programs
Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
(828) 296-7230 ext. 229