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Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) Partnership Grant

Grants to Pennsylvania Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and
Agencies to Preserve, Promote, and Develop Local Resources

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Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) and National Park Service (NPS)

Deadline Date:

03/05/21 Noon


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and agencies for projects to preserve, promote, and develop local resources. Applicants should contact staff before completing an application. Funding is intended for projects that preserve or promote cultural, historic, community, or natural resources, or ethnic traditions or folkways. Projects should benefit the Lackawanna Heritage Valley's service area in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) is located in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Based in Scranton, the heritage area encompasses the watershed of the Lackawanna River in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Luzerne counties.

This funding is an investment in Northeastern Pennsylvania that stimulates the region’s economic development, enhances tourism initiatives, strengthens the capacity of community organizations, and increases the quality of life for area residents. Priority will be given to new projects; continuing projects that have not previously been funded by LHV; projects in keeping with LHV’s mission; and projects demonstrating strong partnerships.

LHV’s Goals:

  • Tell the story of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.
  • Facilitate partnerships.
  • Preserve and enhance the physical character and economic vitality of the communities in the Lackawanna Valley.
  • Improve the visitor experience.
  • Reconnect people and communities to the Lackawanna River.

Types of Projects

Projects eligible for Partnership Grant support can take a variety of formats, including:

  • Exhibits, interpretive displays or panels, trail signage, video or audio displays, on-site interactive media, and digital products;
  • Public programming, activities, events, and outreach activities;
  • Program materials including training materials for docents, interpretive driving and/or walking trails or tours, annotated itineraries, and publications, including brochures and guidebooks;
  • Restoration/renovation of historic structures, “bricks-and-mortar” work; or
  • Cultural conservation activities including oral history projects, conservation of traditional folkways, and artifact identification and preservation.

For a list of allowable expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136919

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grant contracts begin on the date of the Award Letter or Cooperative Agreement. All projects must be completed by March 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must fall into one of the following categories: non-profit organization; civic organization; municipal or county governmental agency; educational institution (includes public schools, colleges, and universities); heritage partner; and
- In accordance with NPS requirements, applicants must have tax-exempt status.
- Applicants must be located within the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, or they must propose projects that will benefit LHV’s service area in the Lackawanna Heritage Valley.

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- For-profit businesses
- Organizations proposing projects that are religious or political in nature.

For a list of non-allowable expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Partnership Grants Open-Deadline:
- Opens February 1, 2021 with applications due on March 5, 2021 by noon.
- An electronic (email) copy and a printed (paper) copy, signed by an official, are required.

Before completing the application, please contact April Rogato, LHV Executive Assistant, to discuss your project.

Matching Funds is the term used to describe a cash commitment to share the costs of a sponsored project. Under LHV grant guidelines, all matching funds must be cash. LHV requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match on all Partnership Grants.

LHV grants are reimbursable grants. Grantees pay for eligible project costs up front.

Funding requests are limited to one project per grant round.

Applicants must have a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) reporting number. (There is no fee to obtain a DUNS reporting number. To request a DUNS reporting number, visit

About the Lackawanna Heritage Valley:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to April Rogato, Executive Assistant, at

Please note: Email applications are required in addition to submitting a hard copy with an original signature.

Mail or hand-deliver to:
Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area
213 Railroad Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505

For more information, please contact April Rogato, Executive Assistant, at or 570.963.6730, extension 8200.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lackawanna Heritage Valley: Watershed of the Lackawanna River in Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Luzerne counties

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