Applications Being Accepted for NCHA Partnership Grants
To support community efforts to interpret, preserve and promote coal heritage resources, the National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for eligible projects within the National Coal Heritage Area. Projects must be implemented within the following counties: Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Wyoming and the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek watersheds in Kanawha. Projects must have matching funds available and be sufficiently advanced so they can be completed by June 30, 2020. Funding for projects under this request must be matched on a dollar for dollar basis with other funds from nonfederal sources or well-documented in-kind resources including volunteer labor and services and donated materials and supplies. The National Coal Heritage Area management plan identifies interpretive themes for the area, which include: business of coal mining; working in coal; the company town; mining technology; and crisis and renewal. Each project must address at least one of the interpretive themes in some manner and could go across several thematic areas. Eligible activities for this round of grant funding include interpretation and heritage programming; historic preservation and resource stewardship; archives and historical records collection; greenways; public parks and nonmotorized trails; educational activities and events; and marketing and promotion. Previous projects have included preservation of archival materials, preservation of historic structures, creation of museum exhibits and creation of brochures and marketing materials. Organizations eligible for grant awards are legally established nonprofit organizations and institutions and public and governmental organizations including county and municipal governments, state agencies, economic development authorities and educational institutions. Community organizations without adequate professional staff are encouraged to seek the assistance of other organizations with fiscal systems and staff capability to manage the grant funds, if necessary. Approximately $150,000 is allocated for this round of grants. Grant applications can be mailed to NCHAA, P.O. Box 15, Oak Hill, WV 25901, or hand delivered to the National Coal Heritage office at 100 Kelly Ave., Oak Hill. The deadline for receipt of application is 4 p.m. Friday, March 15. More information and grant instructions can be found at or by calling 304-465-3720 or emailing