National Coal Heritage Area calls for grant applications

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National Coal Heritage Area calls for grant applications
A photo of a deserted coal camp curated by the W.Va. Mine Wars Museum, funded in part by the NCHAA.

The to support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage resources is seeking proposals for funding for eligible projects.

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Projects must be implemented within the National Coal Heritage Area, which includes the counties of Boone, Cabell, Fayette, Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Summers, Wayne, Wyoming, and the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek watersheds in Kanawha County.

Projects must have matching funds available and be sufficiently advanced so they can be completed within a year, according to Christy Bailey, executive director of the authority.

Funding for projects under this request must be matched dollar-for-dollar with other funds from non-federal 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, Work 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, educational activities and events, and greenways, public parks, and non-motorized trails.

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For more information, contact the authority or at 304-465-3720 or 1-855-WVA-COAL.

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