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Grants to Northeast Iowa Nonprofits, Local and Regional Governments,
and Tribes For Agricultural Heritage Projects in Eligible Counties

Small and Large Project Program Awards

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Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Conf. Date:

06/21/22

Deadline Date:

09/30/22 Noon CST

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Iowa nonprofit organizations, local and regional governments, and tribes for agricultural heritage activities in eligible counties. Interested applicants for larger projects must contact staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to support events, attractions, and sites of educational significance. Funds may be used for purposes such as planning, marketing, exhibits, and programming for projects conducted within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area.

Projects must be physically located in at least one of the 37 designated Iowa counties within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA): Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Winneshiek, Worth and Wright.

The SSNHA was designated by Congress in 1996 in recognition of northeast Iowa’s nationally significance resources and heritage related to American agriculture. Much of the heritage of America's agricultural revolution still exists within this area and is in need of preservation and interpretation. Iowans and visitors desire opportunities to learn about the farms, the industries, and the people who strive to maintain a safe and wholesome food supply.

Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) established the Small and Large Projects Program Awards to support sites, attractions and events of educational value that focus on America's agricultural stories as it relates to the 37 counties of northeastern Iowa. The following are the goals of the program awards:

  • Preserve and interpret America's agricultural and agricultural industrial stories and its significance to the nation and the world consistent with the SSNHA Interpretive Plan.
  • Enhance the site's agricultural connection.
  • Elevate the quality of the heritage area sites and attractions.
  • Elevate the quality of the heritage area individually and collectively.
  • Develop positive visitor experiences consistent with the SSNHA Interpretive Plan.
  • Build the capacity of the Heritage Area region to further develop and sustain agricultural and agricultural industrial heritage tourism through new and existing heritage area sites, attractions and events.

Projects may fall in one of two categories:

  • Small Project - Provide SSNHA Sites with financial support including planning assistance, educational programs, interpretation, marketing, exhibit displays, interpretive signage and other special projects.
  • Large Project - To leverage larger and varied local support for planning assistance, educational programs, interpretation, marketing, exhibit displays, interpretive signage and other special projects.

Projects must demonstrate how they help preserve and interpret America's agricultural and agricultural industrial stories and its significance to the nation and the world. Applicants must demonstrate how their project will develop, enhance or expand an agricultural story. (For information about heritage themes, see  https://www.silosandsmokestacks.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-SSNHA-Small-and-Large-Projects-Program-Award-Guidelines-FINAL.pdf#page=1.) Awards will be more weighted towards heritage area sites (new or existing) although selected events may be supported.

Additional consideration will be given to projects:

  • Involving active partnerships between sites and organizations.
  • Supporting meaningful efforts toward diversity, equity, and inclusion especially as it relates to interpretation and visitor experiences. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153521

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$50,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Large Project Awards will be $3,000 or above, with anticipated awards no more than $20,000.
- Small Project Awards will be below $3,000, with anticipated awards no less than $500.

Term of Contract:

- All Small Project Program Award work completed and Final Reports are due no later than 90 days after project completion or no later than November 30, 2023, whichever comes first.
- All Large Project Program Award work completed and Final Reports are due no later than 90 days after project completion or no later than November 30, 2024, whichever comes first.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Small Project Applicants: Eligible applicants must be designated SSNHA Partner or Emerging Site in good standing (non-profit organization, local government, etc.)
- Large Project Applicants: Eligible applicants must be one of the following: A non-profit organization, a local or regional government (City, County, State, Regional), or a federally recognized Indian tribe and/or a designated SSNHA Partner Site or Emerging Site.

Projects must be physically located in at least one of the 37 designated Iowa counties within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area. For a list of eligible counties, see Description above.

Funds may not be used for historic preservation infrastructure projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar, Tuesday, June 21 @ 9 am. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvcu6tqjsoGNCo--EABRlGxnIoYxz4-MrR

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- May – September 2022: Application cycle open.
- May – September 2022: Staff consultation is required for Large Project applications.
- September 30, 2022 by Noon CST: All applications must be submitted online.
- November 2022: Program awards announced.
- November 30, 2023. All Small Project Program Award work completed and Final Reports are due no later than 90 days after project completion or no later than November 30, 2023, whichever comes first.
- November 30, 2024. All Large Project Program Award work completed and Final Reports are due no later than 90 days after project completion or no later than November 30, 2024, whichever comes first.

Staff consultation is required for Large Project applications. Applicants must submit their preliminary project idea for staff consultation prior to completing and submitting application. Email preliminary project idea to Candy Welch-Streed. She will then set up a zoom meeting to discuss.

Staff is available to assist you with your questions and to discuss your application in advance of its submission. You are encouraged to call early in your proposal development to produce a thorough application.

For the Large Project, the award will not fund more than 20% of the total project cost.

Projects funded through the SSNHA Small or Large Projects Program must document the ability to provide matching funds at the time of application. Match requirements are as follows:
- Small Projects: 1:1 Non-federal Match minimum
- Large Projects: 4:1 Non-federal Match minimum

Applicants may submit no more than one application per award cycle. Eligible applicants cannot have an open SSNHA Small or Large Projects Program Award agreement at time of application.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:
- Small Project Program Award: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6817129/Small-Project
- Large Project Program Award: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6817134/Large-Project

For more information or questions, please contact:
Candy Welch-Streed, Director of Partnerships
cstreed@silosandsmokestacks.org
319.234.4567

Grant Coverage Areas:

37 designated Iowa counties within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Winneshiek, Worth, and Wright

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa: The 37 designated Iowa Counties within the Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

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