The Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation received $25,119.14 to restore artifacts from the Indian River Lifesaving Station and to build a replica beach cart. Photo by Candace Clifford
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
Tim Runyan of the National Maritime Alliance is asking folks in the lighthouse community to support legislation that will restore funding originally allocated to the maritime heritage community. This includes historic naval ships, maritime museums, tall ships for sail training, lighthouses, maritime historical societies, education, and preservation organizations.
He has drafted a Letter in support of the Storis Act that you can use as a template for your communication. He especially needs folks from the following districts to show their support:
- Sen. Carl Levin, D-MI, chair, Senate Armed Services Committee
- Sen. Angus King, D-ME, member of Senate Armed Services Committee
- Sen. Cory Booker, D-NJ, member of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-CA, member of Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation
- Sen. Jack Reed, D-RI, #2 on Senate Armed Services Committee
Letters can be submitted via the Senator’s Contact tab on their web page. After saving the letter, copy/paste it into your message to the senator. If there is a drop down tab to indicate what it concerns–put Defense or Armed Services. Please copy your letter to Tim Runyan at <email@example.com>