PHILADELPHIA—The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of railroad heritage, has announced that applications are being accepted for its 2015 Railway Heritage Grants program. Individual grants can range up to $5,000 and are meant to support railway history and the preservation of railway heritage. Applications should be submitted no later than March 31, 2015.
Eligible projects must address the preservation, restoration, re-use, interpretation, or stabilization of historic railroad resources and materials. Applications should indicate how a project will catalyze community involvement, coordinate multiple sources of support and produce long-lasting outcomes.
Grant awards will be based upon the following criteria:
- The proposed project contributes to the preservation of, and increases the general knowledge and understanding of railway history.
- The proposed project is original in scope or a new component of an ongoing project for which a grant was previously received.
- The proposed project will catalyze community involvement, coordinate multiple sources of support, and result in long-lasting positive outcomes.
- A realistic project timeline based on the proposed budget must be provided.
- The proposal must satisfy the required match.
- Plans for maintaining the restored artifact or building.
Grants require a 1:1 match. At least half of the required match must be in cash, while up to one-half may be in-kind expenditures of labor and material directly and specifically benefitting the project. Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c)(3) history organizations such as museums, historical societies, preservation organizations, historic sites, archives, or other history organizations. An applicant that does not have 501(c)(3) status can seek such an organization as a co-applicant.
Visit the NRHS website for further information about the 2015 Railway Heritage Grant program and to download an application.