|Category: Arts & Culture
The Organization is a White House initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and in partnership with a variety of federal offices. First Lady Laura Bush is the initiativeís honorary chair. Community leaders across the United States are invited to apply for the Preserve Americaís community designation, which recognizes a communityís efforts to care for and share its cultural and natural heritage. By participating in Preserve America, communities share knowledge about the nationís past, strengthen local identities and local pride, increase neighborhood participation in preserving the countryís cultural and natural heritage assets, and support economic vitality. Once a community receives the Preserve America designation, itís eligible to apply for grants. The grants may be used for research and documentation, planning, education and interpretation, marketing, or training. The grants must be matched by the community and cannot be used for construction or repair projects. Applicants must submit an application that includes written support from community leaders and evidence of cultural or historic preservation activities. Additional information including the definition of who can apply can be found on the Web site. Applications are accepted quarterly.
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