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Cane River National Heritage Area

Cane River National Heritage Area

Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) Commission released the application and guidelines for its 2009 competitive grants program yesterday. Now in its eleventh cycle, the grants program provides funding to local, regional, state, and out of state entities, as well as individuals, for projects that contribute to the conservation of the Cane River region’s unique historical, cultural, and natural resources.

[download#135]“Empowering community members to take an active interest in protecting the area’s special landscapes, natural resources, and traditions is a priority for the Commission,” remarked CRNHA assistant director and grants administrator Katherine Johnson. “Through our competitive grants program, local residents have the opportunity to not only help safeguard the region’s powerful history, but also to encourage economic growth and new development.”

[download#136]Since its inception in 1999, the competitive grants program has provided more than one million dollars in funding to local preservation and heritage development projects. For the 2009 grants cycle, funding is available for the following types of projects:

Preservation projects – Projects that assist in the preservation, stabilization, and/or restoration of historic properties or other cultural resources that are at least 50-years old and listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Landscape conservation projects – Projects that assist in the conservation of sensitive landscapes, such as those adjacent to nationally significant historic properties within CRNHA.

Research projects – Projects that assist in the discovery and documentation of history and culture within CRNHA. Areas of interest include archaeology, ethnography, history, linguistics, architectural history, and other related disciplines.

Development projects
– Projects associated with creative, culturally sensitive, and educational endeavors that improve the visitor experience and quality of life for local residents.

Viable projects in each category must:

  • show a solid relation to preservation, interpretation, and promotion of the region’s resources with an emphasis on establishing partnerships;
  • produce a one-to-one match of funds from a non-federal source;
  • demonstrate a clear benefit to the public;
  • and have a significant impact on CRNHA.

All grant applications must be received by April 13, 2009 at 5:00 pm CST. For more information or to request a copy of the grant application and guidelines, contact Katherine Johnson at or (318) 356-5555.

About Cane River National Heritage Area

Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA) begins just south of Natchitoches, extending 35-miles along both sides of Cane River Lake. The core of the area is an 116,000-acre district between Interstate 49 and the Red River, which includes most of the historic sites connected to the history of the region. Home to Cane River Creole National Historical Park, six National Historic Landmarks, three state parks, and many other special places, CRNHA is a place to experience the rich cultures that developed out of Louisiana’s colorful past.

The heritage area is governed by a 19-member commission with representatives from the area’s historic sites, cultural organizations, businesses, and government. The Commission’s work is accomplished through local, regional, state, and federal partnerships. For more information, visit

For more information, contact:

Katherine Johnson
Assistant Director and Grants Administrator
Cane River National Heritage Area
452 Jefferson St., Ste. 150
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Phone: (318) 356-5555
Fax: (318) 356-8222

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645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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