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Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) has begun a new cycle of grant funding through its Partnership Grant Program. The program is open to members of non-profit organizations, municipal and governmental agencies, and educational institutions with proposals for projects designed to enhance the quality of life in NEPA. The deadline to apply for a LHV Partnership Grant is Wednesday, March 1, at noon.

This program is limited to small grants, since available funding to LHV for these programs has been cut dramatically in the past few years. Since inception, LHV has provided $3,375,903 in grant funding to organizations for projects and programs in place-based education, interpretive programming, historic preservation, cultural conservation, community trails and community and economic development. This investment in NEPA stimulates the region’s economy, enhances tourism initiatives, strengthens community organizations and increases the quality of life for area residents.

Eligible applicants include:

• Non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status and a DUNS reporting number proposing projects that preserve or promote cultural, historic, community, or natural resources or ethnic traditions or folkways;

• Municipal and county governmental agencies; and

• Educational Institutions, including public schools and colleges and universities.

Through this program, LHV has supported a wide variety of projects in the region, such as:

• Exhibits, interpretive displays and panels, trail signage, video and audio displays, on-site interactive media and digital products;

• Public programming, films, activities, events, and outreach activities;

• Program materials, including training materials for docents at historic sites, publications, including brochures or guidebooks, interpretive driving or walking trails and tours, and/or annotated itineraries;

• Preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures, i.e. “bricks-and-mortar” work;

• Cultural conservation activities including oral history projects, conservation of traditional folkways, and artifact identification and preservation; and

• Feasibility or planning studies, management action plans, and special purpose studies.

LHV provides financial assistance to non-profit and civic organizations, heritage partners, educational institutions, and municipalities located or operated within the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, or whose projects will benefit LHV’s service area in Lackawanna County and portions of Susquehanna, Wayne, and Luzerne Counties.

LHV works with community partners on projects that conserve, preserve, and educate the public about Northeastern Pennsylvania’s historic, cultural, economic, and natural resources.

For general information about the heritage area, For program guidelines and grant applications, or call 570-963-6730, extension 8200.

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