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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 Monday, July 8, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silos & Smokestacks’ office – Fowler Building, 604 Lafayette Street, Suite 202, downtown Waterloo, Iowa. The main focus of the information session will be on the General and Bus Grants offered by SSNHA, which have approaching submission deadlines. The session will detail the various grant opportunities available through SSNHA to aid in preserving and telling America’s agricultural stories. Potential applicants will learn the specific requirements for each grant program to produce a successful proposal.

The following grant programs will be covered during the session:

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 August 15, 2013.

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, 2013, with grants awarded until December 1 or funding is depleted, whichever comes first.

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 will be due in February, 2014

“The Silos & Smokestacks’ staff is looking forward to answering your questions and assisting with the grant application process,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President. “This is a great opportunity to discuss your current and future projects directly with the SSNHA staff.”

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 Opportunities section at www.silosandsmokestacks.org/partner/. For more info, contact Candy Streed, Program & Partnership Director, at 319-234-4567 or cstreed@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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