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    Silos & Smokestacks Offers New Grant Program for Interpretive Planning

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is offering a new
    grant program to assist in planning of interpretative projects focused on preserving and telling
    America’s agricultural and agri-industrial stories. For 2009, $10,000 is available for sites,
    communities and organizations to aid in identifying their interpretive significance, story and/or
    themes related to agriculture.

    Eligible grant projects must be located within the Heritage Area and provide a 1-1 match to
    the grant request. Planning funds may be used for professional assistance, consultants,
    contractors, design fees and mileage for assistance. Funds may also be used to support
    research, thematic writing, identification of images, preliminary design and layout of an exhibit
    or interpretive sign, and other related projects.

    “We hope this new grant program will help organizations discover and develop stories that
    may have otherwise remained untold,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    Applications are due in the SSNHA Main Office by noon on September 3, 2009. Grant
    applications are available under the Grant section at For more information, contact 319-234-4567.

    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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