New funds available to protect Alaska’s maritime resources

Applications are being accepted through Oct. 31 for the Alaska Maritime Heritage Preservation Program, designed to protect Alaska’s maritime resources and advance public awareness of the state’s significant maritime properties, collections, traditional skills, and knowledge.

The program, which is a collaborative effort of the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the state Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAM), has as one of its goals increasing the visibility of the state’s maritime past and present, by preserving and interpreting archaeological and historical properties and maritime cultural landscapes along the state’s vast coastline.

Collaborators also hope to build a network of statewide partners committed to preserving Alaska’s rich maritime heritage and increasing public appreciation for the state’s long and multifaceted relationship to the water.

The program will offer two new grant opportunities for preservation and education projects. Of the total $342,500 federal award, $15,000 will support in-house projects at the Alaska State Museum. The remaining $327,500 will be subgranted to support preservation and education projects statewide. The in-house and subgrant programs will empower communities to safeguard and share a maritime heritage associated with their unique region, culture, and lifeways.

Those eligible to apply include state governments, cultural and academic institutions, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, local governments, individuals, and Tribes throughout Alaska’s varied geographic and cultural regions. Applicants for preservation grants can request from $10,000 to $50,000, and applications for education grants can request from $5,000 to $50,000. The SHPO anticipates $100,000 in available funds for preservation projects, and $227,500 for education projects.

Both the preservation and education grants are one-to-one matching requirements. Each federal dollar must be matched by one non-federal dollar. The match may be in the form of cash or in-kind donations of time, goods, or services. So, a grant proposal for $10,000 must support a $20,000 project.

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To set up a Maritime Education or Preservation grant consultation with program staff, or request an invite to the next Maritime Grants Learning Session, email [email protected]

A virtual learning session on how to apply for these grants is set for 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 21 via Microsoft teams. Those interested should email [email protected] to register.

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