Photo Credit: Frank Kovalchek

Earthquake Awareness Day 2019 in Girdwood, AK on March 27, 2019!

March 25, 2019

Please join 13 elementary school kids (4th & 5th Graders) as they present their earthquake video at the Girdwood PK-8 School Commons. Doors open at 6 PM.

We at Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area are proud to be a grant sponsor for the making of this video!

For more info contact Erin Leighton at Four Valley Community Schools by

Look forward to seeing you all there!


Upcoming KMTA Board Meeting on April 5th

March 17, 2019

The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm CCA Board of Directors will be meeting Friday, April 5th from 10am – 4pm at the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club. The meeting is open to the public. The Board will be considering grant applications for the KMTA National Heritage Area program for the coming year.

KMTA NHA grants are offered to communities to promote and preserve the historic, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the KMTA National Heritage Area. The current grant application period has closed, but will reopen in fall 2019. Projects supported by past KMTA grants include trails, historic preservation, monuments, murals, and educational programs.

Questions- Contact Karen Lewis at

KMTA Seeking Your Input – Fill Out a Survey and Have a Chance to Win a Gift Certificate!

March 11, 2019

KMTA Wants Your Input!

We at Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area would like to learn from you! Help us improve our programs and increase community awareness of the Heritage Area. We would really appreciate your time in taking a brief survey, and as a thank you, we will enter you into a drawing for two $25 Gift Certificates to local restaurants within the Heritage Area.

Fill out the survey by Friday, March 15 at 5 PM Alaska Time to be entered in the drawing.

NOTE: Winners of the gift certificates will be notified by Wednesday, March 20, 2019 via Facebook and email.

Click here to take the survey!

KMTA Seeking Proposals for Accounting and Bookkeeping Services

March 9, 2019


The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association (KMTA) is seeking a firm for bookkeeping and accounting services with a strong background in non-profit bookkeeping and accounting.

Interested and qualified organizations are invited to submit proposals, which will be accepted until April 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Proposals should be addressed to:

Jessica Szelag
Executive Director
Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association
PO Box 1934
Girdwood, AK 99587

An electronic copy of the proposal must also be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on April 5, 2019. Please submit the electronic document, including all attachments, to:

Questions may be submitted via email to Jessica Szelag at the email listed above no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 29, 2019.

Activity                                                                                 Date
RFP Available for Download on KMTA Website – March 8, 2019
Deadline to Submit Questions Regarding RFP – March 29, 2019
RFP Responses Due – April 5, 2019
Selection of Strategic Partner – By April 15, 2019
Relationship Effective Date – May 1, 2019

The full RFP for Bookkeeping and Accounting Services can be found here:

KMTA Grant Application Webinar Recording Now Available

February 12, 2019

Thank you to those who were able to join us on February 7th for a Grant Application Info Webinar, presented by KMTA’s Program Manager, Katherine Schake and KMTA’s Executive Director, Jessica Szelag. The webinar reviewed the grant guidelines, essential criteria used to score applications, required forms, and the process for submitting an application to the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area.

Grant Applications are due Monday, March 4th at 5pm.

A pdf of the webinar slides is available here:  Grant Application Webinar

A recording of the webinar is available to watch here:

KMTA is Now Accepting Grant Applications

January 28, 2019

The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area biannual grant cycle is now open. Applications must be submitted by March 4th at 5pm for review at the April Board meeting. KMTA awards grants to community projects that recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic, and natural recreational resources and cultural landscapes of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm historic transportation corridor. Projects promote and facilitate public enjoyment of these resources. 

A Grant Application Info Webinar will be offered by KMTA on Thursday, February 7th at 10:30am. To register, email:

Visit for more information and to apply for a grant.

View the second edition of the KMTA National Heritage Area Newsletter here!

We’re Hiring! KMTA is seeking a part-time Communications & Marketing Manager to join our team

January 7, 2019

KMTA is seeking a Communications & Marketing Manager to join our team. The Communications & Marketing Manager will set and guide the strategy for all marketing and communication, website, events, public relations messages, and collateral to consistently articulate Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area’s mission and vision. The Marketing & Communication Manager will work to increase the awareness of the National Heritage Area in a progressive and collaborative manner to build effective programs, fund development, and support partner sites and KMTA communities.

For the full job posting visit:

How to Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume via e-mail with the subject line “Communications & Marketing Manager Position” to: Jessica Szelag, Executive Director,

All submissions must be received by 5 PM on January 25, 2019.

Happy Thanksgiving from KMTA National Heritage Area!

November 20, 2018


View the first edition of the KMTA National Heritage Area Newsletter here!

Photo Courtesy of Katherine Schake

KMTA CCA Finalizes New 2018-2023 Strategic Sustainability Plan

October 27, 2018

The Board of Directors for the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association recently finalized a new Strategic Sustainability Plan to focus implementation of the management plan for the KMTA National Heritage Area.

Designated in 2009, KMTA NHA is one of 49 National Heritage Areas in the United States. Not only is this area nationally recognized for its unique historical, cultural, natural, and recreational importance, but the KMTA CCA Board and staff have worked to award almost $1,000,000 in federal funding to support local community projects. Through this work, KMTA CCA has increased awareness of the National Heritage Area and leveraged an additional $1.7 million dollars in further investment within KMTA’s nine communities of Bird, Indian, Girdwood, Whittier, Portage, Hope, Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, and Seward.

Through our new Strategic Sustainability Plan, KMTA will support new and historic trails in the heritage area with hands-on trail work and signage. We will save and share our stories through education programs for our children. We will publish books both new and out-of-print that document the activity of the people who make up the KMTA National Heritage Areas.

The development of this strategic plan has allowed us to examine our work, our priorities, and to map our own trail to success for KMTA CCA and the National Heritage Area now and into the future.

KMTA to offer Webinar Training on Grant Reimbursement Requirements Oct 26th

October 11, 2018

Are you a recent recipient of a KMTA grant award? Perhaps your KMTA project is wrapping-up, and you will be requesting reimbursement soon?


KMTA will offer a Grant Reporting & Reimbursement Requirements webinar on Friday, October 26th at 10am. Please mark your calendars, as all current grantees are encouraged to attend. We also encourage those of you who have recently requested reimbursement to attend, so that you may understand the reason for recent changes, especially in regards to documentation.


The following topics will be covered during the 1-hour webinar:


  1. How to file for grant reimbursement
  2. Reimbursement requirements:Narrative Report; Budget/ Invoice; Documentation
  3. Federal regulations that apply to KMTA grants: 2 CFR 200 – “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” and Section 106 of National Historic Preservation Act
  4. How to address changesin project scope/ timeline


There will be time for questions/ discussion at the end. Please contact Katherine Schake, Program Manager for KMTA, for more information: