Kentucky Heritage Council
Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Preservation Grants application deadline is Friday, March 16
Kentucky Heritage Council News Release
Release Date Contact: Diane Comer
IMMEDIATE 502-564-7005, ext. 120
February 27, 2007 firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT, Ky. – In advance of the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration from 2008-2010, applications are now being accepted for a new grant program for preservation projects that highlight President Abraham Lincoln’s legacy and Kentucky as his birthplace. Administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office in cooperation with the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Preservation Grants program is open to state and local governments and non-profit organizations operating in the Commonwealth.
A total of $496,000 in state funds provided through the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission is available over a two-year period for:
Projects that support identification and nomination of Lincoln-related sites to the National Register of Historic Places
Acquisition and rehabilitation of historic sites associated with Lincoln
Development of heritage tourism programs associated with Lincoln’s legacy
Infrastructure in support of bicentennial activities in Kentucky
Projects, conferences or events that interpret Kentucky’s history as it relates to Lincoln’s legacy
Applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Kentucky Heritage Council office, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, by 4:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, March 16, or for the second application round, by the same time on Friday, November 16. Grant announcements will be made in April 2007 and January 2008.
Applicants must demonstrate a minimum match of 20% of requested grant funds, either cash or in-kind contributions or a combination of both. Applications will be evaluated on relevance of the project to Kentucky’s Lincoln Bicentennial celebration, quality of the project and application, other funds leveraged for the project, level of community support for the project, significance of historic places impacted, immediacy of need and the applicant’s ability to complete the project. Funded projects must be completed on or before February 12, 2010.
“Planners of the bicentennial both at the state and national level expect that this commemoration will bring many thousands of travelers to Kentucky, so these grants provide a means of not only preserving Lincoln’s legacy – and the historic sites and resources associated with his time here – but also help tell the story that Kentucky did serve an integral role in Lincoln’s development as a person and prepared him to take on some of the most significant challenges in our nation’s history,” said Dr. David Pollack, Heritage Council interim executive director and state historic preservation officer. “We will also seek ways to use these funds to help communities leverage additional investment in local historic preservation projects.”
The Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission has adopted several themes and outcomes to guide bicentennial programming, which can serve to direct project proposals. Complete guidelines and an application form are available at the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site, www.heritage.ky.gov, or at the official Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Web site, www.kylincoln.org.
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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov