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Grant Guidelines and Application

KMTA’s biannual grant cycle is now open.

Applications are due Tuesday, August 20th at 5pm for consideration at the September Board Meeting.

Mini-Grants for School Field Trips and Training Scholarships area available on a rolling basis. Click here for more info

Thinking of applying for a KMTA Grant? Watch the Application Webinar here:  KMTA Grant Application Webinar recording

Download a copy of the presentation slides here: Grant Application Webinar slides

*Please note, contrary to the webinar information, indirect costs are now considered eligible expenses. If your organization has an approved federal indirect rate you may include this in your grant application, otherwise the 10% de minimus rate applies.

Heritage Area Purposes:

To recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic, and natural recreational resources and cultural landscapes of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm historic transportation corridor, and to promote and facilitate the public enjoyment of these resources.

KMTA seeks to equitably fund diverse activities geographically distributed throughout the communities and transportation corridor of the Heritage Area. Please note, KMTA does not fund Master Planning projects.

Grant Award Amounts:

KMTA’s grant program is competitive, and applicants may request small, mid, or large-cap funding within the award categories listed below. The number of grants awarded per category varies and is dependent on applications received. You may request less than the cap amount. First-time applicants may request between $300 – $10,000.

Large-Cap: Up to $24,500 (only available for grant recipients with an established history with KMTA)

Mid-Cap: Up to $10,000

Small-Cap: Up to $5,000

Grant Applications will be scored based on the following Essential Criteria:

  1. Project must be consistent with Heritage Area purposes, and increase public awareness and appreciation for the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Heritage Area.
  2. Project must be within the Heritage Area.  (Possible exceptions could be made for support of exhibits about the National Heritage Area.  For example, a forthcoming exhibit about the Dena’ina people which will be housed in the Anchorage Museum.)
  3. A community, non-profit, or governmental organization active within the Heritage Area, must sponsor the project. Involvement, collaboration, and communication with stakeholders will be part of the development of project proposals.
  4. If public lands are involved, project must have the approval of the governmental agency.
  5. Project proposals that alter the community landscape (i.e. installing signs, murals, trails, monuments, etc) must include letters of support from the land owner in order to be considered.
  6. Matching non-federal funding of at least 50% of total project costs must be committed.
  7. Project proposal must include a reasonable, feasible budget and schedule.
  8. Project proposal must include a plan for maintaining the improvements for the benefit of the public, describe the longevity of the project, and explain the short-term and long-term impacts of grant money invested today.
  9. Heritage Area funding for privately owned historic structures will be limited to preservation of aspects of the structure that are visible and accessible to the public.  To receive Heritage Area funding, private owners must commit to maintain the historic appearance of the structure for a reasonable length of time.
  10. Project proposal must designate an individual who will serve as liaison with KMTA Corridor Communities Association (CCA) and will be responsible for accomplishing the project.  The liaison may be the individual proposing the project.
  11. If the project is part of a system of traveler information in the Heritage Area, it must be easily identified as components of the system, and be safely accessible by the public while minimizing impact on scenic resources.
  12. Proposal should define project objectives and methods of measuring the success of each objective.

Additional Considerations – Desirable, but not required

  1. Project will encourage the economic viability of the community and the region.
  2. Project will employ local people.
  3. Project will create a new partnership benefiting the purposes of the Heritage Area.
  4. Project will be over-matched by partnership funding that also helps accomplish the Heritage Area purposes of the project.
  5. Project will involve young people and help them learn about the Heritage Area.
  6. Project will build on a proven success by expanding and enhancing a previously successful project that meets Heritage Area criteria.

Grant Recipient Responsibilities

This grant program is federally funded. Grant recipients must adhere to all regulations and laws applicable to the use of federal funds for the proposed project. This includes but is not limited to: Administrative and Cost Principles 2 CFR Part 200, National Environmental Protection Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the Buy American Act, and others.

Allowable Costs: Grant funds may be used to cover project costs that are necessary and reasonable for the accomplishment of project objectives. Such costs may include contracted professional services, materials, equipment rental or repair, supplies, travel, and paid employee time directly to project. Please note, contrary to the webinar information, indirect costs are now considered eligible expenses. If your organization has an approved federal indirect rate you may include this in your grant application, otherwise the 10% de minimus rate applies.

The following expenses will NOT be funded: Tuition, benefits, cash awards to employees or contest winners, routine repair and maintenance, food, beverages, or contingency funds. Grant funds may NOT be used to acquire real property or an interest in real property.

Volunteer time must be counted at the following standardized rate for Alaska: $27.88/ hour in 2018 (, unless a professional rate applies and is justified in writing.

Projects must provide appropriate acknowledgement of grant funding on signs, printed and electronic material, including the appearance of the KMTA logo and a brief statement noting the grant funding (logo to be provided by KMTA).

Fund distribution will be made on a reimbursement basis. Only fully documented and approved expenses will be reimbursed. At the project’s conclusion, final payment will be made upon receipt of a final narrative report, expense worksheet, and supporting documentation.

Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires Federal agencies to consider the effects of federally funded projects on historic properties and to afford the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) an opportunity to comment on such projects.  As this project is receiving funding from a federal source, any undertakings involving a historic resource will require the applicant to complete Section 106 consultation of the National Historic Preservation Act, and the project must meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  Consultation efforts related to Section 106 must be factored into your project’s planning efforts (i.e. project timeline and resources devoted to consultation). If you are unfamiliar with Section 106 guidelines, please contact Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area for assistance.



KMTA Grant Application Instructions

KMTA’s biannual grant cycle opens June 20th, 2019. Applications are due August 20th at 5pm.

Application documents are available below. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the Board.

Download the above 2019 KMTA Grant Guidelines

Click here to download the 2019_KMTA_Grant_Application_revised_06.2019 (Word doc)

Click here to download the KMTA Grant Project Budget worksheet_2019 (Excel file)

Download an example of a budget worksheet properly completed here: Training Example budget