Posted Jan. 14, 2016 at 8:00 AM
In celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary, the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) announces the 2016 Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, in which $2,000 in grants will be awarded to 20 organizations that steward the region’s nationally-significant heritage.
Essex Heritage is accepting online applications from municipalities and qualified nonprofit organizations whose projects support Essex Heritage’s mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area.
Applicants have until Feb. 15 to apply in one of three categories:
—Education: Create or further develop educational opportunities for youth.
—Interpretation: Increase awareness and understanding of the region’s heritage.
—Preservation: Preserve or enhance historic structures, landscapes and cultural resources.
“Essex Heritage is thrilled to celebrate the launch of its 20th anniversary year by offering grants for local projects that foster the enlightened stewardship of Essex County’s truly remarkable history, places and stories,” Essex Heritage CEO Annie C. Harris said. “We are proud to have provided funding to every community in Essex County through the grant program. And yet we recognize that many organizations still need seed money for worthwhile projects that preserve and promote our unique cultural heritage.”
Essex Heritage is the nonprofit organization that manages the Essex National Heritage Area by developing programs to enhance, preserve and encourage recreation, education, conservation and interpretation projects on Boston’s North Shore and the Lower Merrimack River Valley. The Essex National Heritage Area comprises the 34 cities and towns of Essex County.
The Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program is a reimbursable, matching grant program created to foster and support the stewardship activities of municipalities and organizations that share its mission to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of the Essex National Heritage Area. The 18-year-old program has provided more than $1.9 million to municipalities and nonprofit organizations that steward the region’s nationally significant heritage.
Detailed information about the Essex Heritage Partnership Grant Program, including application materials and guidelines, can be found at EssexHeritage.org/Grants. For more information: 978-744-0444.