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Silos & Smokestacks Offers Free Grant Programs Information Session

Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is hosting a Free
Grant Information Session on Wednesday, January 11, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the
Silos & Smokestacks’ office, 604 Lafayette Street, Suite 202, downtown Waterloo, Iowa. The
session will detail the various grant opportunities available through SSNHA to aid in
preserving and telling America’s agricultural stories. Potential applicants will also learn the
purpose and requirements of each program, along with how to make a successful proposal.

The following grant programs will be covered during the session:

Internship Grants provide college students with internship and networking opportunities, while completing interpretive and preservation projects throughout the Heritage Area. This program is only available to designated SSNHA Partner Sites. Grant awards will cover up to 70% of the intern’s wages. Applications are due postmarked by February 1, 2012.

General Grants help fund agricultural related interpretive projects in the Heritage Area including exhibit development, educational programs, interpretive signage, marketing, and event programming. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local or regional governments, or federally recognized Indian tribes located within the Heritage Area (applicants do not need to be a designated SSNHA Partner Site.) Grant awards range from $1,000 to $10,000. Applications are due postmarked by April 25, 2012.

Interpretive Planning Grants assist sites and organizations that need interpretive planning assistance in identifying their interpretive significance, story and/or themes. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local or regional governments, or federally recognized Indian tribes located within the Heritage Area (applicants do not need to be a designated SSNHA Partner Site.) The maximum grant award is $2,500. Applications are due postmarked by April 25, 2012.

Bus Grants assist schools in the Heritage Area with the transportation costs associated with field study trips. Eligible applicants include Pre K-12 public, private, or charter schools. The grant funds 75% of the total amount of transportation to and from the school and selected SSNHA Partner Site for the field study trip, not to exceed $350. Applications will be available beginning August 1, 2012, with grants awarded until December 1 or funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

“This information session is a great opportunity to get one-on-one time with Silos &
Smokestacks staff,” noted Don Short, SSNHA President. “We want your grant proposal to be
successful.”

No registration or cost is required to attend this event and all potential applicants are
encouraged to attend. Grant applications are available under the Grant section at
www.silosandsmokestacks.org.

SSNHA is one of 49 federally designated heritage areas in the nation and is Affiliated Area of
the National Park Service. The Heritage Area covers 37 counties in the northeast quadrant of
Iowa. Interstate 80 borders it on the south and Interstate 35 borders it on the west. Through a
network of sites, programs and events, SSNHA interprets farm life, agribusiness, and rural
communities—past and present.

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