2020 Keweenaw Heritage grants application deadline extended

CALUMET – The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission is extending the application deadline for the 2020 Keweenaw Heritage Grant Program to Friday, May 1.

This program supports the preservation and interpretation of historic resources and stories related to the Keweenaw’s copper mining history, from buildings and landscapes to exhibits and museum collections. Proposed projects must be located within the legislated boundaries of Keweenaw National Historical Park; affiliated with a Keweenaw Heritage Site; and/or located at the Cliff Mine, Torch Lake, or the community of Painesdale. Applicants must be a designated Keweenaw Heritage Site organization, a non-profit organization, a local or regional government, an academic institution, or a federally recognized Indian tribe.

The Commission will be offering up to $125,000 for the 2020 grant program. Grants are subject to a 1-to-1 match, although up to 100% of the match may be in-kind. Grants will range between $1,000 and $15,000. Organizations may submit up to two applications, which must be prioritized when submitted; their highest priority grant application will receive greater consideration, although all applications will be evaluated. Successful projects will be selected based on the information provided in the application and reflect a balance of project types and locations.

Grant applications are now due at the close of business at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 1. Applicants are encouraged to download applications from the park’s website: www.nps.gov/kewe. Forms are also available by prior request at park headquarters in Calumet. Applicants are invited and encouraged to consult with NPS staff on their project design as well as on the application itself.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Advisory Commission members and NPS staff. Awards will be announced by May 18, and grant funds are expected to be available to successful applicants by June 11.

For more information about the grants program, to request an application from park headquarters, or to contact the NPS specialists available to help, please contact Sean Gohman at 906-483-3040 (sean_gohman@partner.nps.gov) or Jo Holt at 906-483-3038 (jo_holt@nps.gov).