Silos & Smokestacks General Grant Program

Silos & Smokestacks


Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019 10:00am PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Iowa: Allamakee County, Benton County, Black Hawk County, Boone County, Bremer County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Iowa: Allamakee County, Benton County, Black Hawk County, Boone County, Bremer County Expand all

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Overview:

Silos & Smokestacks

The seed of a dream sprouted in 1991 when Silos & Smokestacks was formed. In 1996 the dream bloomed as a National Heritage Area. Countless devoted people have nursed that dream into a welcoming reality. All of us continue to work together to bring the timeless story of American agriculture to life.

Northeast Iowa has a unique experience to offer all age groups of visitors and Iowans. The non-profit Silos & Smokestacks organization was created to support development of regional heritage tourism and share the story of American agriculture.

Silos & Smokestacks is a 37-county region in Northeast Iowa covering over 20,000 square miles. A federally designated National Heritage Area, it functions as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service. Silos & Smokestacks is the connecting element of this regional partnership network. The attractions, sites and communities are key partners in developing the Heritage Area.

General Grant Program

Silos & Smokestacks General Grants help fund agricultural related interpretive projects in the Heritage Area including exhibit development, educational programs, interpretive signage, marketing, and event programming. In an effort to expand the modern agricultural story in the Heritage Area, greater consideration will be given to projects and programming that incorporate interpretation of the modern ag story. 

It is the intent of the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) to support sites, attractions and events of educational value that focus on America's agricultural stories as it relates to the 37 counties of northeastern Iowa. The following are the goals of the grant program:

  • Preserve and interpret America's agricultural and agricultural industrial stories and its significance to the nation and the world consistent with the SSNHA Interpretive Plan.
  • Enhance the site's agricultural connection.
  • Raise the quality of the attraction.
  • Develop positive visitor experiences consistent with the SSNHA Interpretive Plan.
  • Build the capacity of the Heritage Area region to further develop and sustain agricultural and agricultural industrial heritage tourism through new and existing sites, attractions and events.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants must be one of the following:
    • a designated SSNHA non-profit or governmental Partner Site,
    • a non-profit organization,
    • a local or regional government, or
    • a federally recognized Indian tribe.
    • This includes designated SSNHA non-profit or governmental Partner/Emerging Sites.
  • Funds may be used for planning assistance, educational programs, interpretation, marketing, exhibits displays, event programs, and interpretive signage.
  • Projects must demonstrate how they help preserve and interpret America's agricultural and agricultural industrial stories and its significance to the nation and the world.
  • Support will be considered for cultural, ethnic, arts and recreation programs to the extent that they highlight the agricultural or agricultural industrial themes.
  • Projects must be physically located in at least one of the 37 designated Iowa counties within the Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area: 

    • Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Boone, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Cedar, Cerro Gordo, Chickasaw, Clayton, Clinton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Howard, Iowa, Jackson, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Mitchell, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story, Tama, Winneshiek, Worth and Wright.
  • Grant applicants must provide 1-1 match to the grant request.
    • At least half of the applicant's contribution must be in cash.

    Preferences:

    • In an effort to expand the current agricultural story in the Heritage Area, greater consideration will be given to projects and programming that incorporate interpretation of the today's agricultural story.
    • Awards will be more weighted towards attractions or sites (new or existing) although selected events may be supported.
    • Projects that have greater than a 1-1 non-federal match will be give priority consideration.

    Ineligibility:

    • Eligible applicants cannot have an open SSNHA General Grant contract at time of application. 
    • Funds may NOT be used for historic preservation/infrastructure projects.


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