Lincoln Heritage Area Partnership grants available

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition is pleased to announce The Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition/Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area 2012 Partnership Grants, which are being made available to communities within the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Ranging in award amount from $500 to $1,500, these 2012 Partnership Grants are funded through support of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, dedicated to perpetuating and expanding Lincoln’s vision for America and completing Lincoln’s unfinished work.  The application deadline is September 14.

The grants will support sites, attractions and events of educational value that focus on the heritage of the 42 centralIllinois counties in Lincoln National Heritage Area.  These counties include:  Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, Dewitt, Douglas, Edgar, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Henderson, Jersey, Knox, LaSalle,Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Peoria, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren and Woodford.

Informational sessions about the grants are scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 and Wednesday, August 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Foundation Hall of the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in downtown Springfield.  The July 11 session will feature a general outline of the grant program, an explanation of the “History Comes Alive” Living History Program, as well as discussions about community working groups.  The August 15 session will provide assistance with specific grant procedures.  Those interested in seeking the grants are strongly encouraged to attend these sessions.

Grant applications must be postmarked on or before September 14.  For more information, contact Robert Crosby, Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, (217) 782-6817, or email