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Historic Preservation mini grants available

9/20/01

Applications are now being accepted for historic preservation mini grants through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Approximately $20,000 in grant money will be awarded for projects associated with Preservation Week 2002, contingent upon appropriation of funds from the West Virginia legislature or the United States Congress.

Eligible projects include the design, research and/or printing of materials to inform and educate the public about specific historic resources, such as pamphlets for individual sites and walking or driving tours. The brochures must relate to sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Priority will be given to publications which have not been funded by the SHPO in the past.

A complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria is available from the SHPO’s staff. For more information about the historic preservation mini grants, contact Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 720. Deadline for receipt of applications is Dec. 15.

Preservation Week takes place each May to highlight the benefits and success stories of historic preservation activities in communities throughout the state. This year’s theme of “Walking through History” will focus on learning about historic districts and sites through walking or driving tours.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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