Request for Proposals: Rivers of Steel 2020 Mini-Grant – United States
Rivers of Steel is now accepting applications for its Mini-Grant program, which assists heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities, within the borders of the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area. The Mini-Grants may be used to develop new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives that are consistent with the mission and vision outlined in Rivers of Steel’s Management Action Plan.
The Mini-Grant program is funded by a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, via DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and the Environmental Stewardship Fund.
Rivers of Steel Heritage Area’s Mini-Grant program is designed to fund projects that sustain Rivers of Steel’s sense of place through the preservation, interpretation, cultural, and recreational assets of the region’s industrial and cultural heritage.
Proposals that increase heritage tourism, enhance preservation efforts, involve the stewardship of natural resources, encourage outdoor recreation and / or include collaborative partnerships are strongly encouraged.
New for 2020, special consideration will be given to organizations applying for the 2020 Mini-Grants that are black- or minority-led organizations or organizations that primarily serve BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) audiences and communities. Rivers of Steel reiterates our long-held belief in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion and strengthens commitment to fighting systemic racism and discrimination against people of color amidst the nationwide call for ending racism.
As part of the Community Conservation Partnership Program (C2P2), Rivers of Steel’s Mini–
Grant program will assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities and
counties, within our heritage area borders. The Mini-Grants may be used to develop new and
innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives that are consistent with
the regional themes and activities suggested in our Management and/or Journey Area Plans.
We encourage mini-grant proposals that will
Increase heritage tourism
enhance preservation – especially visitor improvement projects,
include collaborative partnerships,
involve stewardship of natural resources, and
encourage outdoor recreation
Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000; 1:1 match [in-kind (pre-approved) or cash] required.
The maximum award is $25,000,
Most grants average around $8,000 – $10,000.
Non-profit organizations with 501(c) 3 status, municipalities, and counties are all eligible within the Mini-Grant program.
Projects must be located in one or more of the following counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Washington or Westmoreland.
For more information, visit https://riversofsteel.com/mini-grants-2020/