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NEA Challenge America
Grants Available

Forest Service Produces

DVD on Public Lands

Trails Group Develops Recommendations

History Channel Offers Grants

National Park Service Director Addresses Audience

Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings

Washington Buzz

NEA Challenge America Grants Available

NEA logoChallenge America grants, designed to offer support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, are available from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The deadline for applications is

June 1.     

Grants of $10,000 are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. While not required, applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside of the arts, as appropriate to their project.


Applications are submitted to the Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants staff and are reviewed by a diverse group of arts experts and other individuals with broad knowledge of the specific types of projects in this funding area.

Fast-Track Review Grants are available only for:

>An arts event that will feature one or more guest artists. The project (such as a festival, exhibit, recital, reading, performance, screening, broadcast, lecture) must include the participation of guest artist(s). Artistic staff or resident artists of an applicant organization do not qualify as guest artists. In addition to artists' fees, the project may include public relations, professional documentation, and program enhancements that are integral to the event.

>Professionally directed public art projects such as murals, sculptures, or environmental art that are developed through community engagement.

>Civic design activities such as architectural studies, design competitions, charrettes (design workshops), or feasibility plans for the renovation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of facilities or spaces for cultural activities. Funding is not available for actual renovation or construction costs.

> Projects that enhance cultural tourism or cultural districts through the unified promotion of community-wide arts activities and resources. Unified promotion is defined as the professional assessment, design, and/or distribution of public relations tools (calendars, Web sites, brochures, rack cards, signage, etc.) designed to benefit several local organizations. NOTE: Promotional projects for a single organization are not eligible.


Click here for complete details and application instructions.


Forest Service Produces

DVD on Public Lands

U.S. Forest Service logoThe U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with Federal Highway Administration Federal Lands, has produced a new full-length DVD, Lifelines: Your National Forest Roads, which would be an excellent opener for meetings on access to public lands.


As one Ranger says in the film, when people have access to public lands they are given a chance to be awed and inspired by these lands, and in the end, to see value in their conservation and protection for future generations. 


A trailer for the DVD can be viewed by clicking here.

To request a free DVD copy, contact:

Alan Yamada, Engineering Program Leader

San Dimas Technology and Development Center

909-599-1267 Ext. 224

Janie Ybarra

909-599-1267 Ext. 239

Trails Group Develops Recommendations

Image courtesy of American Trails website

In the Fall of 2006, the membership of American Trails met at the 18th National Trails Symposium and crafted a list of recommendations for the future of trails and greenways in America. 

Click here to learn more about 10 Steps to Help Save Our Outdoors.


History Channel Offers Grants

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The History Channel announces funds for organizations that collaborate with educators on projects that help students understand the importance of history in their communities. Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations. Approximately $250,000 is available to fund awards up to $10,000.

For further information, contact Gage Weeks at info@saveourhistory.com.

 The deadline for applications is June 1, 2007.

National Park Service Director

Addresses Audience of over 300 at
9th Annual Congressional Reception

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Over 300 preservation professionals and partners joined the membership of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas for their 9th Annual Congressional Reception on February 26 in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building. Distinguished guests at the largest annual reception to date included Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey, Jr., Virgin Islands Delegate Donna Christensen, Corinne W.L. Ching, Hawaii State Legislator, and Special Assistant Vicki Dixon of the DOI Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs.


Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA) Chair Dayton Sherrouse welcomed the National Heritage Areas, congressional staff and heritage area and historic preservation partners who had converged in Washington for several coinciding annual meetings and congressional visits. ANHA Executive Director John Cosgrove acknowledged the work of reception co-sponsors Preservation Action, the National Trust Advisors, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO).


Senator Bob Casey, Jr. recognized the growing strength of the National Heritage Area movement, and in particular the six National Heritage Areas in Pennsylvania which have served in national leadership roles in addition to successfully coordinating local heritage area efforts to foster conservation, community stewardship and sustainable economic development.


National Park Service Director Mary Bomar warmly welcomed historic preservation and heritage area professionals to Washington. She acknowledged the changes that have occurred since she attended a National Park System Advisory Board event in July 2006 celebrating the release of its report Charting a Future for National Heritage Areas with the addition of 10 new National Heritage Areas in October 2006. Acknowledging the challenges and opportunities which the report presents, Bomar tasked Saratoga NHP Superintendent Frank Dean, who also serves as executive director of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, with updating her regularly on the progress of the National Park Service and the 37 National Heritage Areas toward implementing the Advisory Board’s recommendations.

Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings

Helps Preservationists

Build the Case for Reusing Older Buildings

NTHP logo.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Preservation Books just released a new publication called Feasibility Assessment Manual for Historic Buildings, by real estate consultant Donovan Rypkema.  This publication provides a step-by-step process and a set of questions to enable an assessment team to determine whether or not a building project is feasible and then prepare a written report to support the team’s findings.  Following the steps set out in the manual, the feasibility team begins by identifying objectives, gathering and evaluating information, and finally reaching a conclusion as to feasibility of reusing the building. 

A CD-ROM includes Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to help team members calculate capital costs, income and expenses, and operating costs.  The manual includes an outline for the final report, which allows the team to organize its research into a logical format to answer the question, “Is the project feasible?” 

For information on how to order a copy, go to www.preservationbooks.org or call 202-588-6296.

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