2018-2019 Heritage Community Grants Awards Announced

The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area announced the award of 17 grants totaling $157,418.18 to help support projects that are focused on the mission of the MGCNHA across the state’s six southernmost counties of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone and Pearl River. 
A detailed description of all grant awards can be found at msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov/2018-Heritage-Community-Grants.
A highlight of the selected awards include:
  • Hancock County Tourism Development will provide a history and heritage tour guide for support of the Hancock County Visitor Center, museums and walking tours. 
  • 100 Men Hall will reconnect locals to the hall and further strengthen the relationship of the community, the music legends and the building, as well as furnish an on-site cottage to accommodate musicians to hone their craft.
  • Biloxi Cruise Company, a Gulf Coast Outpost business, will create a package that promotes several attractions, museums and covers multi-counties that will incentivize travel to the area during the off-season.
  • Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will provide non-traditional visitor “touch points” through “visitor center lounges” to serve as information, referral and relaxation centers.
  • Lynn Meadows Discovery Center will create “Story Walk on the Green.” This fun, educational activity places the pages from a children’s story along the sidewalks at LMDC. The pages will form a full children’s story. 
  • Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain will expand the Old Fort Bayou Blueway by creating and installing a trail that will extend from the existing trail at Hanley Road in Ocean Springs, to a future kayak launch at the Inlet project. 
  • Disability Connection will create a “Celebrate our Waterways” video that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.
  • Alice Moseley Folk Art and Antique Museum will build a functional classroom that will teach children about the arts, hold events for children and increase educational materials that will explain the history of Miss Alice and her art.
  • The University of Southern Mississippi’s Marine Education Center will develop a Bayhead Bridge Primitive Trail, install signage and create outdoor learning areas across a suspension bridge. 
  • Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church will construct a Heritage Brick Walkway which will capture the historical events of the church and the heritage of its people and their contributions to the church.