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Oil Region Alliance Offers Heritage Mini Grants Again


Oil City, PA— The Oil Region Alliance is offering a second round of mini-grants of up to $4,700 to non-profits and municipalities for heritage projects in the Oil Region National Heritage Area. Funding is made available from the Pennsylvania Heritage Areas Program fund, managed by the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

The Oil Region National Heritage Area (ORNHA) 2023 Heritage Mini-Grant Program is meant to assist heritage-related sites and organizations, as well as municipalities and counties, to develop new programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, and other initiatives that are consistent with the Interpretation goals in the 2021 Oil Region National Heritage Area Strategic Plan report.

“The ORA received a great response to the first round of the ORNHA Heritage Mini-Grant Program earlier this year, but we have a small amount of funding remaining to potentially help a few more projects and programs,” said Jenn Burden, ORA Heritage Program Manager.

Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations currently registered with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations, municipalities, and counties are eligible to apply. Projects must have a significant connection to the heritage of the ORNHA, which is all of Venango County and Titusville, Hydetown Borough, and Oil Creek Township in Crawford County.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

· Educational and/or media pieces that promote the heritage and/or history of the ORNHA

· New or revised educational brochures

· Videos highlighting the region’s history

· Development of curriculum units for grades K-12

· Creation of new wayside materials (interpretive panels, historical markers, etc.)

· Enhancement, repair, or creation of historical exhibits

· Materials to properly preserve/store historic artifacts for future use

· Arrangement of public historical events (speakers, demonstrations, workshops, tours, etc.)

Eligible entities may apply for more than one project as part of this grant application as long as the total cost for the projects does not exceed $25,000 and the total grant request does not exceed $4,700. Entities should list multiple projects in priority order in their application. ORA and the review committee may award funding to all or some projects in the applications based upon completeness of applications and available funding.

The grants are reimbursable, meaning awardees are responsible for payments up front and must submit receipts to be reimbursed. ORA will make payments within 30 days of receipt of required proof of payments. Grant-funded projects and closeout materials need to be completed by April 30, 2024.

The full application with more information is available online at: OilRegion.org/the-alliance/rfps/

Applications are due by September 1, 2023. Award announcements will be made by September 15, 2023.

Contact Burden at jburden@oilregion.org or 814-677-3152 with questions.



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