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New Grant Cycle Announced

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of more grants!

Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 3, 2016 and funding decisions will be announced by February 1, 2017.

Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in five thematic areas:

• Agricultural heritage
• Cherokee heritage
• Craft heritage
• Music heritage
• Natural heritage

Nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and units of state and local governments are eligible to apply. The total pool of funding for the 2016 grant cycle is $180,000. The maximum grant award will be $16,000. Applicants must provide at least a one-to-one match from non-federal sources.

Further details, including guidelines and application forms, are available on the  Blue Ridge National Heritage Area website.

Grant Information Sessions

BRNHA staff will hold several grant information sessions around the BRNHA region in July 2016. Attendance is optional, but is recommended for those who have not attended information sessions for previous BRNHA grant cycles. Please review the grant guidelines on the BRNHA website and RSVP to Rob Bell ( or 828-298-5330, ext. 308) if you plan to attend a session.

The dates and locations for the meetings are:

Thursday, July 7, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Museum of the Cherokee Indian
589 Tsali Boulevard
Cherokee, NC

Thursday, July 14, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Marion Train Depot
58 Depot Street
Marion, NC

Monday, July 18, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Wilkes Heritage Museum
100 East Main Street
Wilkesboro, NC


Tuesday, July 26, 2016
11:00 am – 12:00 noon
NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Western Office
176 Riceville Road
Asheville, NC

A Legacy of Regional Investment

Old-Time Music Heritage HallOver the past twelve years, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded 133 grants totaling over $1.9 million to projects that preserve, interpret, and develop the heritage resources of the region. These awards have leveraged over $4 million in state, local, and private matches.

Grants awarded in previous cycles have supported exhibits, demonstration gardens, oral history collections, video documentaries, interpretive programs, teaching materials, artist training, visitor brochures, and the marketing of heritage destinations. The grant projects have provided engaging and authentic heritage experiences to hundreds of thousands of visitors and residents.