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Mississippi Hills announces $150,000 available in community grants


Special to The Dispatch



The application period for the Mississippi Hills Community Grant Program begins on Jan. 3 and ends on Feb 28.  


The Alliance is the coordinating entity for the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area, which covers all or portions of 30 counties in North Mississippi and are eligible to apply for grants.  


Grants available include Transportation grants up to $1,000 for school field trips; Flash grants up to $2,500 for local cultural and heritage projects; Small Cap grants up to $5,000 and Large Cap grants up to $20,000 for larger community or regional initiatives. The Large Cap grants are available to Alliance dues paying members only. 


The Mississippi Hills Community Grant program is in its third year and has already made a significant impact within the region by awarding nearly $300,000.00 in grants. 


Mississippi Hills Executive Director Mary Cates Williams said, "These grants can make a significant impact by funding all types of cultural and heritage endeavors. We have established a $150,000 grant fund in this year's budget and we hope to see it fully dispersed." 


All awarded grants carry a Federal match requirement of 1:1 with the applicant's match coming from either cash or a cash/in-kind combination. Those interested in learning more about the program will find complete guidelines and applications at the Hills website 


"Don't miss out on this great opportunity for your cultural and heritage projects," Williams said. 


The Mississippi Hills NHA is comprised of 30 counties (19 whole and 11 partial) with boundaries being the Tennessee state line to the North, the Alabama state line to the East, Highway 14 to the South and I-55 to the West and is one of the 49 NHA's in the United States. Operations are funded through a combination of member dues, legislative support and an annual congressional appropriation to the Interior Department and is administered by the National Park Service. Additional information about the Hills NHA may be obtained at



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