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Heritage Community Grants Update



Heritage Community Grants

The MGCNHA structure allows state and local partners to focus funding priorities on the needs of the community, and provides opportunity to leverage federal and non-federal dollars. This allows the MGCNHA to continue to award community grants to the six coastal counties. Through these grants, coastal communities continue to strengthen partnerships and spur economic development. Grants awarded in previous cycles have supported indoor and outdoor exhibits, oral history projects, video documentaries, interpretive programs, walking and driving brochures, hospitality training and the marketing of heritage destinations. The grant projects have provided engaging and authentic heritage experiences to visitors and residents exploring the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The MGCNHA has awarded 14 grants totaling $350,800 and leveraging another $556,269 from local governments and the private sector with a total investment of $907,069.

The MS Gulf Coast National Heritage Area is proud to announce a third cycle of Heritage Community Grants in 2017. Proposal submission is Friday, August 25, 2017. Email for details.



2016 Community Grants Program

•City of Ocean Springs was awarded $12,000 for the replacement of historic flag plaques at Fort Maurepas Park.

•Jackson County Board of Supervisors was awarded $50,000 for the roof and chimney rehabilitation at the LaPointe-Krebs House. The house was originally built in 1757 and is the oldest extant building in Mississippi.

•Land Trust for Mississippi Coastal Plain was awarded $28,000 for the restoration of the Shaw Tractor and Grist Mill Building to ensure the historic significance of the Shaw Homestead in Poplarville.

•Stone County Economic Development Partnership was awarded $30,000 for identifying, recording, preserving, presenting and celebrating Stone County’s history, culture, people and nature-based resources.

•Alice Moseley Museum was awarded $7,800 for an art manager to care for and promote the collections of Folk Artist Alice L. Mosely and promote the significance of her art to Mississippi as related to national historical and cultural heritage.

•Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art was awarded $5,000 for a City within a City: African American Culture in Biloxi. This project will tell part of the cultural history of a vibrant, segregated “city within a city” during the post-WWII years, consisting of schools, theaters, night clubs, restaurants, and other businesses owned, 

 operated, and/or employed by African Americans.

•Mississippi Heritage Trust was awarded $6,000 for Whole Places Educational Outreach Program. Funding for this project continues to implement an educational outreach program, using five sites of historical and environmental significance, to educate students and the public about shared goals for creating whole places.

•City of Biloxi was awarded $12,000 for the Essence of Biloxi Driving and Biking Trail. Funding will help promote a tour of the City’s historic places while telling the stories of the people who built this community.

 Visit for more information regarding the Heritage Community Grants Program

Photo courtesy of Land Trust for the MS Coastal Plain: Shaw House Tractor & Grist Mill Restoration

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
1141 Bayview Avenue Biloxi, MS, 39530


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