Grant Details

Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area - Heritage Partnership*

24 Main St.
PO Box 493
Salisbury, CT 06068
  • Z Archive December
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Litchfield
  • Berkshire
Maximum Grant Amount
December 31, 2023

The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is accepting applications to the Heritage Partnership grant program.

The 2023 Heritage Partnership Grant for Interpretation is intended to provide residents and visitors with new / expanded opportunities for deeper understanding of the Upper Housatonic River Valley. Grants will support research projects, interpretive exhibits, events and programming that provide informed and thoughtful exploration of the region’s history, culture and natural heritage.

Focus Areas
Marketing and Promotion
Grant-funded projects may include initiatives that promote Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area sites as tourism destinations, projects or strategies that will increase visitation to sites, especially among diverse audiences, projects or strategies that include multiple heritage sites or partners and projects that promote a connection between heritage sites, landscape destinations, “main streets”, or recreational opportunities. 

Programming and Interpretation
Increase awareness and understanding of the region's heritage. Examples include but are not limited to signage, brochures, maps, exhibits, public art installations, performance arts, and audio-visual programs. 

Preservation Planning
Preservation planning costs, including planning costs associated with historic structure preservation, or to enhance historic structures, landscapes and cultural resources, or creating / updating publicly accessible (non-historic) facilities to improve audience experience. Eligible projects may also include nominating an eligible property to the National Register of Historic Places (or updating a current listing). 

The guidelines document includes several program and project examples for each focus area.

Eligible Expenses
  • Costs associated with planning, curating, designing, fabricating, installing exhibits
  • Personnel costs and costs associated with staff time and office expenses that are directly related to the planning and execution of exhibits, events and programs
  • Costs associated with conserving artifacts for the purposes of publicly exhibiting these materials, or for the purpose loaning them for related exhibits at another public exhibition
  • Costs for contracted professional services that may be required for studies, analysis, design, printing or other services required for the successful completion of the grant-funded project
  • Facility expenses for public presentations, exhibits, performances

  • A minimum 1:1 match is required.
  • The matching requirement may include applicant’s operating funds, external grants, and / or in-kind value of contributed time and services.

Please note that this is a reimbursement grant program.

Municipalities, accredited educational institutions and not-for-profit corporations located within the geographic area of the UHVNHA, as defined by Public Law 109-338, may apply.

Geographic Area
  • Connecticut towns: Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Kent, Norfolk, North Canaan, Salisbury, Sharon, and Warren.
  • Massachusetts towns: Alford, Becket, Dalton, Egremont, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesboro, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Marlboro, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, Washington, and West Stockbridge.

Applicants may form a partnership with other organizations (can include for-profit entities ((businesses)), qualifying non-profits, municipalities and school systems) to develop and implement their grant-funded program / project.

applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, though no applications under this program will be accepted after December 31, 2023.

Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 1/4/2024
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Application Link
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