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County of Santa Clara Historical Heritage Grant Program Accepts Applications

Technical Workshop Scheduled for Applicants on April 18
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.The County of Santa Clara 2013 Historical Heritage Grant Program is now accepting applications. Local public agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grant funds for projects located in Santa Clara County. Approximately $252,000 is available for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 2013 – June 2014).
 
“Santa Clara County has a rich and vibrant history,” said Supervisor Ken Yeager, President, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. “The Historical Heritage Grant program is an important resource which can support preservation and renovation of local historical sites for public enjoyment.”
 
The County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors established the grant program in 1990 to promote historic preservation and increase public awareness of significant cultural, historical, and archaeological resources within the county. Since then, the Board has approved grants for 64 projects across the county, totaling $6.4 million, funded by the Park Charter Development Fund. Many finished projects have become visitor destinations, including Casa Grande in the South County, Sea Scout Building in Palo Alto, and the Old City Hall in Gilroy.
 
Local governments and nonprofit organizations are encouraged to participate in historic heritage preservation through this grant program. To qualify, a project must meet a series of criteria including:
-      involving the development of real property;
-      being located in a public park or on private property dedicated to park purposes; and
-      already having seed money in place.
 
Applications are due Thursday, June 20, 2013. The program details and application packets can be found online at: www.parkhere.org, under “Quick Clicks.” A free technical workshop is scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., at the County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, Room 157, San Jose, CA. Applicants are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about the program and project eligibility.
 
“The Historical Heritage Grant Program provides a resource to assist local public agencies and non-profits within Santa Clara County in preserving some of the county’s unique historic resources,” said Robb Courtney, Director of Santa Clara County Park and Recreation Department, which administers the Historical Heritage Grant Program.  “I encourage those interested to explore the grant program and to contact our department with any questions.”     
 
For more information, please contact Christian Elliott at (408) 355-2291, or email: Christian.Elliott@prk.sccgov.org.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119; Tamara Clark, County Parks and Recreation (408) 355-2215
Posted: April 11, 2013