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Lackawanna Heritage Valley Educational Mini-Grants

Grants to Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania K-12 Teachers and
Educators for Projects to Promote Regional Heritage Appreciation

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 Noon


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Grants of up to $1,000 to Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania K-12 public school teachers and educators for community or classroom projects. Applicants are strongly recommended to contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that promote students’ appreciation and understanding of the region’s heritage and the local environment.

Lackawanna Heritage Valley will award grants to produce heritage, art and, environmental projects. Projects should be designed to promote students’ understanding and appreciation of the Lackawanna Valley’s rich heritage and how it contributed to the nation’s development, or expand their understanding of what it means to be a steward of the environment, particularly in the Lackawanna River watershed.

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
  • Publications
  • Planning, inventorying, and cataloging collections
  • Storage for archival materials for collections
  • Collection of oral histories including costs for equipment, transcription, cataloging, archiving, and storage

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162800

Estimated Size of Grant:

Lackawanna Heritage Valley will award grants of up to $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between December 1, 2019, and June 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- The program is open to educators of grades kindergarten to twelve in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. This includes classroom teachers as well as educators at cultural, historic, and environmental organizations and sites.
- Applicants must have tax-exempt status and a DUNS reporting number. (To request a DUNS reporting number, visit

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 informal learning environments.
- Internships, fellowships, or scholarships.
- 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:

The Deadline to apply is October 15, 2019, at noon.

It is strongly recommended that applicants contact April Rogato, Lackawanna Heritage Valley Executive Assistant, at 570-963-6730 ext. 8200 to discuss their project before submitting an application.

Funding recommendations will be forwarded to LHV’s Executive Director for approval. All funding decisions are final.

Grantees will be notified of their award in late October and will be invited to an awards ceremony in November.

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.

Applicants are asked to limit funding requests to one project per grant round.

LHVs Management Action Plan (2004):

Contact Information:

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

Email and send the completed application or form to:

April Rogato, Executive Assistant

Lackawanna Heritage Valley
National & State Heritage Area
213 Railroad Avenue
Scranton Pennsylvania, 18505
(570) 963-6730 x8200
Fax: 570.963.6732

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