Applications Now Available for 2013 National Railway Heritage Grants Program

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NRHS grant program has given half a million dollars to projects that preserve America’s threatened railroad heritage through the restoration of locomotives, cars and structures, plus research and educational projects

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By engaging diverse communities in this common cause of stewardship, we’re investing in the future of our history.

December 13, 2012 – The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS), America’s largest rail preservation organization, announced that applications are now available for its 2013 National Railway Heritage Grants Program.

Projects involving the preservation, restoration, re-use, interpretation, or stabilization of historic railroad equipment, structures and resources will be considered, as well as projects that support research, public outreach, publishing and educational goals. Several individual awards will total $5,000; projects of exceptional merit may be considered for an award of up to $10,000.

Since the program began in 1991, NRHS has awarded over 220 grants totaling more than $500,000 to support the preservation of America’s threatened railroad heritage. In 2012 the society gave a total of $50,000 to 21 non-profit organizations spanning 14 states and the District of Columbia. Recipients included NRHS chapters, historical societies, museums and municipalities.

NRHS reserves the right to partially fund grant requests, so well-crafted applications should include itemized requests and denote priority needs. The ideal application will demonstrate how the funded project will catalyze community involvement, coordinate multiple sources of support and result in long-term positive outcomes.

Application forms are available to download at the NRHS website (http://www.nrhs.com/program/heritage-grants). Applications must be completed and submitted to the NRHS national office in Philadelphia no later than Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 5 p.m. EDT.

“For over 20 years our Railway Heritage Grants program has brought together thousands of rail preservationists of all ages, united by the places and things that matter to them,” said Nathaniel Guest, chairman of the grants committee. “By engaging diverse communities in this common cause of stewardship, we’re investing in the future of our history.”

Awards will be determined by the quality and historical significance of each rail preservation project and the ability of the organization to complete the project, including the recipient’s ability to secure matching funds and volunteer labor.

Past awards have gone to the restoration of historic locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and railroad structures, as well as the creation of public exhibits, archival documents, and rail photography archives. Through these diverse projects, NRHS funding has leveraged millions of dollars in materials and labor in support of preserving railroad heritage.

About NRHS
Founded in 1935, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) preserves and raises awareness of America’s threatened railroad heritage. NRHS operates historic rail excursions and tours throughout North America and supports more than 160 regional chapters. During the past 10 years, the non-profit organization has awarded more than $500,000 in railroad preservation grants; it also sponsors RailCamp, a summer orientation program offering high school youth hands-on experience in the railroad industry. For more information, visit http://www.nrhs.com.

Media Contact:
Elrond Lawrence
Director, NRHS Public Relations
831-632-2183
elawrence (at) nrhs.com

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