Maritime organizations received over $2.6 million from the 2014 National Maritime Heritage Grants cycle. (See recipient list.) The National Park Service is currently accepting proposals for another $1.7 million in funding. Education projects can request $15,000 to $50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000 to $200,000. A one-to-one match from non-Federal sources is required. Federal entities cannot apply but their partners or friends groups can.
I recently spoke with NPS maritime historian Anna Holloway who is overseeing the current grants program. She encouraged everyone to start the grants process early. The application requires that you use the federal grants website and apparently it can take up to two weeks to complete the registration process before you can submit your application. The deadline for the 2015 round is August 3, 2015. Application information is available at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/apply.htm
I hope to see lots of lighthouses on the 2015 recipient list!
~ Candace Clifford, July 1, 2015