Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area (FFNHA) invites its partner organizations to apply for Interpretive Grants.
FFNHA will award reimbursable grants up to $5000 for projects that interpret your site’s story and connect it to the heritage area’s rich history. Half the funds will be awarded upon a signed agreement accepting the funds and the remainder upon completion of the project and close-out report.
Grants will be awarded for projects aligned with the goals of Freedom’s Frontier, and one or more of these significant themes: Shaping the Frontier, Missouri-Kansas Border War and Civil War, and the Enduring Struggle for Freedom. Successful grants will be rooted in a context involving historic events in the heritage area that have broad regional or national impact.
The FFNHA staff is available to assist if you have questions about your application.
Apply with our online form below.
Grant funds cannot be requested for:
NOTE: If you think that something on the list above is essential to your project, contact FFNHA staff. We may be able to assist you with other options.
FFNHA will run three Interpretive Grant cycles in 2023. Applications will be accepted during the following windows:
Applications will be reviewed and approved based on the following criteria:
Any project not receiving funding during an application review cycle may consult with FFNHA staff, peers and/or colleagues, re-focus the project and application to better meet the criteria, and resubmit the application for a later review cycle.
Please direct inquiries to
Kate Sutter, Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator at [email protected]
The Interpretive Grant application is currently under review. In the meantime, please contact Lucinda Adams to inquire about the application process.
Who can apply?
Only organizations located within Freedom’s Frontier and with a partnership pledge on file with FFNHA are eligible to apply for these grants.
Other non-profits, 501(c)(3) organizations, local and state government agencies located within the forty-one (41) counties in western Missouri and eastern Kansas that comprise the heritage area can find information on becoming FFNHA partners at: Partner Packet. If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, contact FFNHA staff, or refer to the FFNHA 2009 Management Plan (section 4, The Power of Partnership).
Grants will be awarded as funding allows. FFNHA will publish deadlines for consultation and final application submittal. Please contact Lucinda Adams regarding the current grant cycle.
Please e-mail your Interpretive Grant application to Lucinda Adams.
Your grant proposal must include:
What can FFNHA interpretive grant funds be used for?
Grant funds cannot be requested for:
NOTE: If you think that something on the list above is essential to your project, discuss it with FFNHA staff during your project consultation. We may be able to assist you with other options.
Some things to consider when creating a budget:
Project staff. You may request FFNHA grant funds to cover partial salary for the project director and other key staff (but no more than 25% of total request).
Grant writing or other activities prior to the grant award cannot be included.
Volunteer time may be valued at $26.87/hour in Kansas and $27.21/hour in Missouri (2021 rates per Independent Sector). It should be listed as Cost Share. Fringe benefits may be shown as cost share. If the project includes work done in both states, the volunteer time should be averaged between Kansas and Missouri at $27.04/hour.
Honoraria. Payments to speakers, panelists, resource personnel, consultants or other project participants. Be sure the relationship between the amount of money, work to be done, and the person’s qualifications is clear. A major talk by a recognized expert involving research demands a higher payment than simple participation on a panel, requiring little preparation.
Travel. Includes mileage, transportation, and lodging for project staff and speakers. Out-of-town travel can be covered by grant funds; in-town travel expenses are costshare. Find current per diem rates at US General Service Administration’s (GSA) website. Use the current federal mileage rate: 7/1 through 12/31/2022, the federal milage rate is 62.5 cents per mile.
Promotional expenses. Includes printing and mailing brochures, invitations, flyers, posters, and other items advertising your project. Use nonprofit bulk mailing rates if possible.
Media advertising. Includes paid ads.
Supplies, postage and telephone. Anticipates expenses for office supplies, correspondence, and long-distance telephone calls.
Equipment and facilities. Documents the value of rented or donated space and equipment. FFNHA grant funds cannot be used to purchase equipment except under special circumstances. Place a fair market value on its use, based on the cost of renting or leasing it.
Printing and program materials. Includes program agendas, study guides, books, or interpretive pamphlets. Inhouse photocopying may be included as cost share.
Other. Expenses not covered in the previous line items. Clearly identify these expenses or they may not be funded.
Institutions with a standard rate for indirect costs may include those here after prior consultation with FFNHA staff.
Project total. Includes grant funds and cost share.
Does your project . . . ?
We tell the stories of the struggles for freedom in our region and their lasting impact on our nation.
o Shaping the Frontier.
o Missouri-Kansas Border War and the Civil War.
o Enduring Struggles for Freedom.
Proposal Checklist – Have you completed the . . . ?
Official contact information
Total grant request, and cost share
Detailed project description
Brief organizational history
Work plan with project timeline
Personnel, speakers, and presenters
Other funding sources and fees
Letters of support (if needed)
Budget listing income and expenses (and match if grant more than $1,000 to $3,000)
Completed application with signature
Criteria used in reviewing your grant application
Any project not receiving funding during an application review cycle may consult with FFNHA staff, peers and colleagues, re-focus the project and application to better meet the criteria, and resubmit the application for a later review cycle.