We provide staff expertise and funding to build new educational, tourism, and recreational opportunites across the state. The Heritage Area offers citizens, agencies, and property owners the following statewide programs:
Professional Services and Outreach provides trained staff and assistance at no cost to property owners and organizations developing heritage programs and projects.
Collaborative Partnerships allow local governments and non-profit groups to apply for matching funds for programs and projects including interpretive brochures, exhibits, educational materials, an dheritage tourism and preservation plans. All funds received from the Heritage Area must be matched on a 50/50 basis with non-federal money. For a complete list of eligible projects, click here.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project idea with Heritage Area staff prior to completing and submitting an application. The Heritage Area Manager will also review and comment on draft applications if received at least one month prior to the proposal deadline.
Partnership project proposals are reviewed by our Board of Advisors each spring and fall. Requests for funding will be reviewed by the Board of Advisors, and all applicants will be notified of the Board's decisions in writing. Proposals must be postmarked by January 31 for consideration in the spring, and August 31 for consider in the fall. (PLEASE NOTE:It may take up to three months from the date of submission before applicants are notified of a final decision and a contract is sent. Projects that receive Heritage Area funding cannot be started before a signed contract is in place).
For a copy of the interactive application, click here.
For partners that have been awarded Collaborative Partnership funding from the Heritage Area, click here for guidelines for how to manage your partnership.
A report that outlines all matching funds is required for partnership funding payment. Click here for guidelines and an interactive form for documenting matching funds.
Links to additional funding sources:
National Park Service
American Battlefield Protection Program
1849 C Street NW, NC 330
Washington, DC, 20240
The National Park Service, through its American Battlefield Protection Program, promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. Since 1992, the American Battlefield Protection Program and its partners have assisted more than 100 battlefields by co-sponsoring over 250 projects in 30 states and the District of Columbia.
Tennessee Department of Transportation
Transportation Enhancement Program
Marilyn Holland, Enhancement Coordinator
James K. Polk Bldg.
7th Floor, Suite 600
TDOT's Transportation Enhancement Program is federally funded through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA -21). Historic sites, especially historic transportation buildings, structures, and facilities, are eligible, as well as transportation museums, archaeological planning and research, historic highway programs, and easements.
Tennessee Community Heritage Grants
1003 18th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212-2104
615-320-7001 x 16
Tennessee Community Heritage grants provide support for community-based educational programs on the history and cultural life of Tennessee communities. Through these programs, Humanities Tennessee hopes to help Tennesseans build stronger communities, enriched by an understanding of the past and the cultural lives of the peoples who share these communities.
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37243-0442
The Tennessee Historical Commission is responsible for administering federal historic preservation grant funds in Tennessee under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act. Funds are available for Survey & Planning and Acquisition & Development. Such projects may include recording archaeological sites and historic buildings, National Register nominations, planning studies, and the acquisition and development of historic properties.
Tennessee Wars Commission
Fred M. Prouty, Director of Programs
Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37243-0422
The Wars Commission funds a variety of projects for Civil War-related tourist sites in Tennessee. Requests for Wars Commission funding are divided into state divisional categories (West, Middle, and East) and further ranked as to significance and endangerment.
Civil War Trust
Director of Preservation Trust
Civil War Preservation Trust
1331 H Street NW, Suite 1010
Washington, DC, 20005
The Civil War Trust is America's largest non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of our nation's endangered Civil War battlefield lands. The Trust provides grants to purchase endangered battlefields or conservation easements on those battlefields.
Grant Writing on the Web
10-Point Plan for Standard Grant Funding Proposal
Grantwriting guide is geared toward grantseekers in established, experienced non-profit organizations and government.
Site provides essays from different authors who provide guidance and tips for grant writing.