TUPELO For the sixth consecutive year, the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area is offering grant money for its dues-paying members to help them promote their communities.

Applications for the 2021 Community Grants Program will be accepted through Jan. 29. The Grant Committee will review and rank the applications in February. In March, successful applicants will be contacted.

Since introducing the grant program in 2016, more than $800,000 has been awarded, along with another $51,000 in special project funds.

MHNHA offers grants for projects that will help accomplish the goals and objectives defined in its Management Plan. The program is designed to “provide strategic investments in heritage sites, events, programs and other projects of cultural, educational and recreational value within the boundaries of the MHNHA.” The federal funds for the program are provided to MHNHA through the National Park Service and require a 1:1 match.

MHNHA funds projects that contribute to the mission of preserving, enhancing, interpreting and promoting the cultural and heritage resources within the Mississippi Hills.

The Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area is one of only 49 National Heritage Areas designated in the U.S., and one of only three in the state. The Alliance includes all or parts of 30 counties bordered by Tennessee, Alabama, Highway 82 and Interstate 55.

The mission focuses for the Mississippi Hills are African-American heritage, Civil War, Native American heritage and music and literature.

The grant program is open to nonprofit organizations, school groups, attractions, museums, partnerships, federally-recognized Indian tribes, cultural and heritage events, programs, presentations and all MHNHA dues paying members in good standing. All applicants must demonstrate sufficient expertise to manage their project to completion

The four grant categories are:

• Education – Open to all schools districts, school support groups and nonprofit cultural/heritage attractions within the Mississippi Hills NHA. Requests of up to $1,000 per trip will be considered and multiple trips may be requested on the same applications. Funds must be used for educational field trip transportation and interpretation costs only.

• Flash – Open to all qualified applicants within the Mississippi Hills NHA. Requests of $1,000–$2,500 will be considered.

• Small – Open to all qualified applicants within the Mississippi Hills NHA. Requests of $2,500–$5,000 will be considered.

• Large Grants – Open to all qualified dues paying members in good standing. Requests for $5,000–$20,000 will be considered.

For more information, contact grantinfo@mshills.org or call (662) 269-2580 or visit mississippihills.org and click on the grants tab.

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