The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area announced the award of 17 grants totaling $157,418.18 to help support projects across the state’s six southernmost counties of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, George, Stone and Pearl River, focused on the mission of the MGCNHA. These 17 projects will promote understanding of and to conserve and enhance the heritage resources of the six counties of the Mississippi Gulf Coast by telling the area's nationally significant story to residents and visitors through activities and partnerships that celebrate the area's unique history, people, traditions and landscapes.
The goal of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area is to enhance, conserve, promote and provide connectivity among the Coast's many heritage resources. These resources serve as a source of pride and identity for residents who are stakeholders in this conservation effort. These resources provide heritage tourists with authentic experiences reflective of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.
“Residents benefit from increased awareness and appreciation of their environment, history, culture, traditions and lifestyles. The economic effects of cultural and nature tourism benefit the entire region and support the long-term enhancement and conservation of those qualities that make the Mississippi Gulf Coast unique,” states Rhonda Price, director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.
The seventeen (17) grant awards include:
1. Mississippi Heritage Trust will host a Preservation Toolkit Workshop in Biloxi that will build on content from past workshops to teach would-be developers how to complete a Pro Forma for a rehabilitation project utilizing historic tax
2. Hancock County Tourism Development Bureau will provide a history and heritage tour guide for support of the Hancock County Visitor Center, museums and walking tours.
3. 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 onsite cottage to accommodate musicians to hone their craft and engage with local musicians.
4. Biloxi Cruise Company, a Gulf Coast Outpost business, will create a package that promotes several attractions and museums over multi-counties. The package will incentivize travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast during the off-season months.
5. Hancock County Chamber of Commerce will provide non-traditional visitor "touch points" through "visitor center lounges" to serve as information, referral and relaxation centers.
6. Lynn Meadows Discovery Center will create “Story Walk on the Green." This fun, educational activity that places the pages from a children's story along the sidewalks at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. The pages form a children's picture book, and as visitors walk along the path they will discover the full story.
7. Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain will expand the Old Fort Bayou Blueway by creating and installing a trail that would extend from the existing trail at Hanley Road in Ocean Springs to a kayak launch to be constructed late 2018 at the Inlet
8. Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain will also update and replace missing and damaged educational signs, install a highly visible entry sign and hold a community open-house event at Lucedale Depot Creek Greenway to increase public awareness.
9. Disability Connection will create a “Celebrate our Waterways Tours” video that will encourage people to enjoy the beautiful waterways in the six southernmost counties: the rivers, the bays, and the Gulf. The project identifies a wide variety of scenic and outdoor recreational activities that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.
10. Alice Moseley Folk Art & 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.
11. 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 that connects the east and west sides of campus over a sensitive Bayhead habitat. The primitive trail will provide an enriching experience to the public once they have crossed the bridge.
12. Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church will construct a Heritage Brick Walkway which will capture the historical events of the church, the heritage of its people and their contributions to the church.
13. Walter Anderson Museum of Art will create a self-guided tour and promotion of a cluster of ten Heritage Area assets located in Jackson County to attract ecotourism enthusiasts to the South Mississippi region.
14. City of Ocean Springs will produce and install plaques to complement the historical character and unique natural surroundings of the first public cemetery, Ocean Springs-Evergreen Cemetery.
15. City of Moss Point will expand the Rejuvenation Heritage Discovery Center's bicycle tour. Community volunteers will serve as tour guides for this project.
16. Waveland's Ground Zero Hurricane Museum will gather oral histories of survivors’ experiences. These memories and perceptions are to be preserved as an aural record for future generations and will become a permanent exhibit in the museum.
17. Juan de Cuevas Cat Island MS Descendants will restore the tomb that is occupied by Juan de Cuevas and Marie Helene Ladner, originally constructed in 1850.
For the 2018 grant cycle the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area received a total of seventeen (17) applications. The awarded grants will be matched with state or local funding and donated services.
The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area has awarded forty-four (44) grants totaling $690,314.00 and leveraging another $972,240.07 in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector with a total investment of $1,502,840.07. These grants have funded projects in all six (6) counties of South Mississippi and over the last four (4) grant cycles the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area received a total sixty-eight (68) applications.
Funding for the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area matching grant program is provided by the federal government through the National Park Service. Anticipated typical awards will range from $500 to $50,000 with a total anticipated funding for all awards is up to $150,000, and is subject to the availability of funds.
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