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Keweenaw National Historical Park Announces 2011 Grants Program

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Date: December 16, 2010
Contact: Tom Baker, Management Assistant, (906) 483-3016
Contact: Scott See, Executive Director for the Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission, (906) 483-3040

(Calumet, MI) The National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park and the Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission have announced the schedule for the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program. The program will be similar to last year, with two workshops, professional technical assistance available during development of proposals, and assistance with application and reporting requirements. The targeted audiences for the grant program are owners and operators of historic properties, and providers of copper-related history programs within Houghton, Keweenaw, or Ontonagon counties, and the northern half of Baraga County.

The NPS and the Commission are offering the first workshop on February 3, 2011, which will prepare potential applicants for the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program. This workshop will focus on the various types of projects that potential grantees may want to consider, and will include examples of past projects and sample applications. NPS professional staff will be on hand to advise attendees on issues related to planning a successful project and submitting an application that will compete well. Discussion will include the evaluation process.

The second workshop will be held on March 3, 2011. This workshop will focus on application submittal and reporting requirements. All potential applicants for the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program are strongly encouraged to attend. Both workshops will be held at park headquarters, located at the corner of Red Jacket Road and US-41 in Calumet from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Keweenaw NHP Advisory Commission will be offering a total of $62,500 in grants for the 2011 program. Advisory Commission grants will be available to owners and operators of historic properties, and providers of copper-related programs. Advisory Commission grants will be subject to a 1-to-1 match, although up to 100% of the match may be in-kind.

National Park Service grants will be available to owners of historic property within the Calumet and Quincy units of the park, subject to a 1-to-1 cash match, in accordance with the current park legislation. The NPS will have up to $50,000 available for its part of the 2011 Keweenaw Heritage Grants program.

Grants for both the Advisory Commission and the NPS will range between $1,000 and $50,000. There will be one application to apply for both funding sources. Organizations that operate Keweenaw Heritage Sites will receive greater consideration for the grants, although all applications will be considered. Projects will be selected for funding based on answers submitted in the application, available funds, and a balance of project types and location.

Grant applications are due by the close of business on Monday, April 11. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of NPS staff and Advisory Commission members. Grant awards will be announced by April 29. Grant funds will typically be available to successful grantees by June 1, 2011.  

Potential grant applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the workshops to avail themselves of professional advice and assistance with planning efforts.

For additional information, please call park headquarters at (906) 337-3168 or email us.

Did You Know?

This exposed vein of copper bearing rock leading into Lake Superior at Fort Wilkins State Park provided evidence of the area's copper wealth

Early native peoples began the first metal mining in North America over 7,000 years ago with copper mining on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. Copper was fashioned into tools and items that were traded throughout North America.