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Grant Application Priority Areas

Top Priority

Based on the Management Action Plan (MAP), the EMHR Board of Directors adopted these priority areas in November 2002 and updated them in October 2005. The following will be given highest consideration for funding:

1.  Interpretation and Education

  • Assist museums, historic sites, environmental, and cultural organizations to secure funding to enhance interpretation and educational programs and to develop joint marketing to expand program audiences.
  • Support development and operation of cultural and arts centers in under-served areas.

2.  Economic Development

  • Support agricultural preservation and development efforts in the region.

3. Tourism and Recreation

  • Acquisition, renovation, and/or restoration of historic sites/properties.

Medium Priority

The EMHR Board also set the following medium priority areas. They will be given funding consideration after projects/studies that fall under the top priority status:

1.  Interpretation and Education

  • Work with the interpretive network to develop materials and programs, i.e. walking, side-trip brochures, traveling exhibits, business promotions, special events, mini-tours, workshops, lectures.
  • Identify and document scenic and geologic resources of the Endless Mountains.
  • Prepare interpretive design guidelines for heritage region publications, signage, and exhibits.
  • Identify anchor heritage sites and heritage sites [after] developing criteria for each kind of site.
  • Identify anchor heritage sites that have the potential to become community or regional heritage centers and assist them in evolving to that status.

2.  Economic Development

  • Work with local partners to nurture entrepreneurial potential and identify heritage-related small business opportunities.

3.  Community Planning

  • Develop a region-wide group to pursue civic and governmental historic preservation initiatives.
  • Ensure that preservation and conservation issues are addressed in any [county] comprehensive plan developed [or updated].
  • Develop a series of training courses for municipal and civic officials, business owners, and property owners on maintenance of historic structures, the community's role in historic preservation and community design issues.
  • Support the completion of feasibility studies and development for the adaptive reuse of historic structures by partnering organizations.
  • Sponsor the creation of a readable publication on the region's history, geography and environment.