As much as $150,000 in grants is available this year through the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area Alliance.
It’s the third year of the program, which has awarded nearly $300,000 in grants.
The application period for the Mississippi Hills Community Grant Program begins on Wednesday and ends Feb 28.
The Alliance is the coordinating entity for the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, which covers all or portions of 30 counties in north Mississippi and are eligible to apply for grants.
Grants available include Transportation grants up to $1,000 for school field trips; Flash grants up to $2,500 for local cultural and heritage projects; Small Cap grants up to $5,000 and Large Cap grants up to $20,000 for larger community or regional initiatives. The Large Cap grants are available to Alliance dues paying members only.
“These grants can make a significant impact by funding all types of cultural and heritage endeavors,” said Mississippi Hills Executive Director Mary Cates William. “We have established a $150,000 grant fund in this year’s budget and we hope to see it fully dispersed.”
All awarded grants carry a 1-to-1 federal match requirement, with the applicant’s match coming from either cash or a cash/in-kind combination. Those interested in learning more about the program will find complete guidelines and applications at the Hills website www.mississippihills.org.
“Don’t miss out on this great opportunity for your cultural and heritage projects,” Williams said.
The Mississippi Hills is one of only 49 National Heritage Areas designated in the U.S., and one of only three in the state. The Alliance includes all or parts of 30 counties bordered by Tennessee, Alabama, Highway 82 and Interstate 55.