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    Grants Available to Share America’s Agricultural Story

    Northeast Iowa – Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) is pleased to announce $50,000 is now available through the 2015 General Grant Program. General Grants fund agricultural related interpretive projects in the Heritage Area, including exhibit development, educational programs, interpretive signage, marketing and event programming.

    In an effort to expand the agricultural story in the Heritage Area, this year greater consideration will be given to projects and programming that incorporate interpretation of the modern ag story. Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations, local/regional governments or federally recognized Indian tribes with projects located within the Heritage Area. The grant project work must benefit the Heritage Area directly. Projects funded through SSNHA Grant Programs must provide a 1-1 non-federal match to the grant award. Grant awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

    “The story of agricultural in the Heritage Area is constantly evolving. Our grant program is helping to not only preserve the history of the region, but share present day stories of agricultural innovation in the region,” commented Don Short, SSNHA President.

    The grant criteria and application are available at Applications must be submitted by 12:00 PM CST on April 15, 2015. To learn more about the grant program or determine if your project is a good fit for the General Grant, please join us on Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST for our webinar entitled “Silos & Smokestacks General Grant Application.” Register online at For more information or questions, contact Candy Streed at 319-234-4567 or

    Since the program began in 2001, SSNHA has funded over $1.8 million to projects dedicated to telling America’s agricultural story, both past and present. By partnering with organizations on a grassroots level, the Heritage Area is able to help share stories that might otherwise be left untold.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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