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Grants to Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania K-12 Teachers
and Educators for Environmental and Heritage Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV)

Deadline Date:

10/16/17 Noon


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania K-12 public school teachers and other educators to enhance students’ appreciation and understanding of the region’s heritage, art, and environment. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the funding source prior to applying.

Funding will support community and classroom projects addressing the Lackawanna Valley’s heritage and how it contributed to the nation’s development. Projects may also expand participants’ understanding of what it means to be a steward of the environment, particularly in the Lackawanna River watershed.

The mission of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley is to facilitate community action in the preservation, promotion, and development of the region’s history, cultural heritage, and natural resources.

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.

Educators are encouraged to develop projects that engage the students’ creativity, use a multi-disciplinary approach or involve a team of educators, and address relevant Pennsylvania academic standards. Projects can incorporate artists, field trips to local cultural, historic, and environmental sites, and project participation by students’ families and community members.

Favorable projects will have a significant impact, whether it is a creative project that involves a large number of students or one that is a transformative experience for a smaller group.

Allowable Expenses
-Program development and implementation.
-Preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures; “bricks-and-mortar” work.
-Design and fabrication/production of exhibits, signage, interactive components, and printed materials.
-Development of websites and multi-media products.
-Compensation and travel expenses for consultants, scholars, artists, and other experts integral to the planning, development, and/or implementation of the project or program.
-Expenses necessary to produce an exhibition, performance, or exhibit.
-Integration of technology into exhibition or educational programs.
-Research specific for the development of the particular project or program.
-Planning, inventorying, and cataloguing collections.
-Storage for archival materials for collections.
-Collection of oral histories including costs for equipment, transcription, cataloguing, archiving, and storage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162800

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

All projects must take place from December 1, 2017, to June 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Applicants must be kindergarten to twelfth grade educators in Lackawanna County schools or educators at cultural, historic, and environmental organizations and sites in Lackawanna County; and
-Applicants must have a tax-exempt status and a DUNS reporting number.

Non-Allowable Expenses:
-Expenses incurred prior to the awarding of the grant.
-Activities for which academic credit is given.
-Programs unavailable to the general public.
-Programs presented outside of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.
-General operation costs including staff salaries, institutional planning, general operating support, or
staff/professional development.
-General advertising or public relations costs designed to promote the organization and not a specific project.
-Contributions to endowments.
-Academic or institutional research activities.
-Projects for educational degrees or formal professional training, or programs primarily for students in formal learning environments.
-Internships, fellowships, or scholarships.
-Publicity and promotion of the funded project/program.
-Projects that seek to persuade participants of a particular political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view, or program of social action.
-Food, hospitality, or entertainment expenses.

Grant monies may not be used for capital improvements or renovations, replacement of public funds, compensation for teachers, hospitality costs (food, beverages, etc.), fundraising costs, or projects that can be accomplished with existing funds. Proposals for equipment or field trips will only be considered if the equipment or field trip is an integral component of the proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact Tom McHugh, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Educational Coordinator, to discuss their project before submitting an application.

This program does not require matching funds (other cash contributions for the project). However, for larger projects, information on matching funds will strengthen the application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16, 2017 at noon.

Grantees will be notified of their award in late October, and will be invited to an awards ceremony in November. Grant awards will be disbursed in a single check for the full amount of the award at the ceremony.

Contact Information:

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

Tom McHugh, Educational Coordinator

April Rogato, Executive Assistant
570.963.6730, ext. 8200

Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area
213 South 7th Avenue
Scranton, PA 18505

Fax: 570.963.6732

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Pennsylvania: Lackawanna County