ORA offering mini-grants for heritage projects

From staff reports

The Oil Region Alliance is offering mini-grants of up to $5,000 to non-profits for heritage projects in the Oil Region National Heritage Area.

The grant program is meant to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities and counties, to develop new programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives that are consistent with the goals in the 2021 Oil Region National Heritage Area (ORNHA) strategic plan report.

Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, municipalities and counties are eligible to apply.

Projects must have a significant connection to the heritage of the ORNHA, which is all of Venango County and Titusville, Hydetown Borough and Oil Creek Township in Crawford County.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to

– Educational or media pieces that promote the history of the ORNHA

– New or revised educational brochures

– Videos highlighting the region’s history

Development of curriculum units for grades K-12

– Creation of new wayside materials (interpretive panels, historical markers, etc.)

– Enhancement, repair or creation of historical exhibits

– Materials to properly preserve/store historic artifacts for future use

– Arrangement of public historical events (speakers, demonstrations, workshops, tours, etc.)

Eligible entities may apply for more than one project as part of the grant application as long as the total cost for the projects doesn’t exceed $25,000 and the total grant request doesn’t exceed $5,000.

Entities should list multiple projects in priority order in their application. The Alliance and the review committee may award funding to all or some projects in the applications based upon completeness of applications and available funding.

Applications are due by Feb. 17, and the full application with more information is available at OilRegion.org/the-alliance/rfps/

Award announcements will be made March 1.

Anyone with questions can contact Alliance heritage program manager Jenn Burden at jburden@oilregion.org or (814) 677-3152.