NYS Remiss In Champlain Heritage Grant Applications

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image001The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) has awarded Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP) grants totaling about $80,000.

Just seven of 21 funded projects are located in New York State. $54,000 was awarded to Vermont programs while just $27,075 was awarded in New York.

According to a recent press release: “Heritage Grants support projects that highlight local heritage and commemorate the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. Ten commemoration projects will promote the anniversaries and support bicentennial/sesquicentennial programs and events. Eleven local heritage proposals will involve youth and students in the research and interpretation of local heritage, and the creation of new artistic expressions of local history and culture through fresh perspectives and new technology.”

The local heritage grants were awarded as follows.

Abenakis Helping Abenakis Nulhegan Youth Drummers/Dancers $2,500
Burlington City Arts Pathways: Past/Present $5,000
Burr and Burton Academy Burr and Burton Academy Regional Heritage Project $5,000
Clinton County Historical Association The History of the Plattsburgh Barracks, Digital Exhibit $2,500
Ethan Allen Homestead Foundation Investing in the Future by Studying the Past $2,000
Flynn Center History Comes Alive! Youth Engagement in Local History through the Arts $5,000
Henry Sheldon Museum Trapping Boats of Lake Champlain; A Comparative Study and Survey of Cultural Artifacts in Addison County, Vermont and Essex County, NY $4,900
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Up the Creek $5,000
St Albans Historical Society & Museum Saint Albans Raid Walking Tour App $2,500
St Albans City School Life in St Albans VT Community: Fall 1824 $2,500
Vermont Arts Exchange Intergenerational Expressive Arts Documenting Veteran’s Narratives at the Vermont Veterans’ Home $2,500
Battle of Plattsburgh Association Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration Re-enactor encampment and Battle Re-enactments $5,000
Bronx County Historical Society “A New Horse for a New Country” $4,600
Burlington CEDO Burlington 2014 War of 1812 Commemoration Activities $2,500
Clinton County Historical Society Clinton County Civil War Record, 1861-1865, Digital Exhibit $5,000
Friends of Northern Lake Champlain John Smith Legacy Project $5,000
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Rabble in Arms 2014: The Attack on Fort Cassin $5,000
St Albans Historical Society & Museum Saint Albans Raid 150th Anniversary Education & Outreach Kit $5,000
Town of Manchester Fourth of July Civil War and War of 1812 Commemoration $4,500
Town of Schuyler Falls The War of 1812 and Civil War – Veterans from Town of Schuyler $3,100
Whallonsburg Civil Association The War of 1812: The Champlain Valley and the Conflict that Redefined North America $1,975


5 thoughts on “NYS Remiss In Champlain Heritage Grant Applications

  1. Helen Nerska

    Groups must apply for these grants. CVNHP made a significant effort to make the information available to us – and we even had input into the development of the grant criteria. The headline is misleading – perhaps it should read: NYS Remiss in applying for available grants. Please email or arrange to call me if you want more information on how the process worked.

  2. Roberta

    The story says “Just seven of 21 funded projects are located in New York State…” but how many projects in NY properly submitted applications for grants that met the criteria? We don’t know if NY was short-changed or if NY short-changed itself.

    You can’t win if you don’t play.

  3. Julie Dowd

    See our CCHA Facebook page. We love Jim Brangan and he works closely with all people who submit proposals. He advertised and came to many meeting with the Adirondack Coast Cultural Alliance group in Clinton County and the Champlain Valley Heritage Network group in Essex county – and then we both distributed information from there. Please suggest what more we can do.

  4. @tourpro

    Totally agree with previous comment – LCBP and CVNHP go way out of their way to solicit applications for these grants. It really is an organizational problem on our side.

  5. John WarrenJohn Warren Post author

    I changed the title of this piece. I will be running this at Adirondack Almanack in the coming week.

    However, blaming those that did not apply is the wrong approach here. It’s not enough to say, ‘they didn’t apply’. More actively pursuing the organizations eligible is the right approach.

    I hope the grant administrators will take this insufficiency seriously.

    John Warren
    New York History Blog Editor


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