Heritage Trust Fund seeks applications
The Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund Grant Program now is taking applications for 2008. The program is making available $250,000 for eligible organizations to apply for local history and heritage grants.
Completed applications must be delivered to the Johnson County Manager's Office by 5 p.m. April 14, for consideration by the Johnson County Heritage Trust Fund Grant Review Board.
The trust fund was established by the Johnson County Commission in 1991 to recognize the importance of preserving the valuable heritage and history of Johnson County. Projects that promote historical activity in the county are invited to apply for funding grants.
Governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations in Johnson County are eligible to apply for grants. Applicants must meet the requirements set forth in the policies and procedures. The seven-member grant review panel reviews and recommends projects for funding to the county commission.
Revenue for the trust fund is derived from a 1-cent increase in mortgage registration fees that is in surplus of the amount Johnson County is required to contribute to the Kansas Heritage Trust Fund, established by the Kansas Legislature in 1990. That legislation created the state fund to support the preservation of historic properties in Kansas. It also provided that no county would contribute more than $100,000 to the state fund annually.
Review of the applications by the grant board will occur in June. Recommendations for recipients of 2008 Heritage Trust Fund Grants will be made to the county commission by either late July or early August for final approval.
Applications and additional information is available at http://www.jocogov.org/heritagefund/heritage.htm or by contacting Megan Laha in the County Manager's Office at (913) 715-0737.