KNHP Advisory Commission accepting Heritage Grant applications

CALUMET TOWNSHIP – For the fifth year, the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission is taking applications for its Heritage Grants, which are intended to help individuals, organizations and businesses preserve and interpret the copper mining era in the Copper Country.

Scott See, Advisory Commission executive director, said although the KNHP through the National Park Service started the Heritage Grant program in 2008, the NPS provided no funds for grants last year or this year. The Advisory Commission began taking part in the Heritage Grants in 2010.

The Advisory Commission has up to $100,000 available for 2014 grants, See said. The minimum grant amount is $1,000 and the maximum is $15,000. All grants require a one-to-one match by the applicant. However, the matches can be up to 100 percent in kind.

“People can put cash into (the match), or if they have volunteer efforts or donated materials, those can go toward the match,” he said.

Although for past years the Advisory Commission awarded Heritage Grants for projects anywhere in the Copper Country, See said this year projects must be limited to the Calumet and Quincy units of the KNHP, existing Heritage Sites, or located at the Cliff Mine, along Torch Lake or in Painesdale.

See said Heritage Sites which apply for the Heritage Grants are given special consideration because of their association with the park. Projects associated with Cliff Mine, Torch Lake and Painesdale will be considered because the park’s general management plan considers those places to be of historic significance.

See said last year, 28 Heritage Grant applications were received, and 18 grants were awarded. He expects about the same number of applications will be awarded this year.

“We kind of expect 20 to 30 applications, and award as many of them as possible,” he said.

In the early years for the Heritage Grant program, See said most applications were for mortar and brick projects. Since the Advisory Commission got involved with the program, more applications for preservation and interpretation projects have been received.

“We’ve awarded more interpretation (signage and exhibits) programs,” he said.

From 2008 to 2013, See said 121 Heritage Grants worth $570,000 have been awarded.

Heritage Grant applications must be received at KNHP headquarters at 25970 Red Jacket Rd. in Calumet Township by 5 p.m. April 1.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of KNHP staff and Advisory Commission members. Awards will be announced May 1, and funds should be available by June 1.

For more information about the Heritage Grant program, call park headquarters at 337-3168 or contact See at