FLORENCE — April 2 is the deadline to apply for the next round of Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area community grants.

Grant awards from $1,000 up to $10,000 are available for heritage-focused projects in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone and Morgan counties. To be eligible, proposed projects must focus on assessment, preservation activities, interpretation, archiving or workshops and training sessions and be connected to one of the heritage area's themes of music, Native American culture or the Tennessee River.

“As more people learn about what the MSNHA is and what we want to do, we are able to help fund more projects that preserve, protect and promote northwest Alabama’s cultural heritage,” said interim director Carrie Barske. “Partnering with community groups to tell stories about our area’s history and offer opportunities for learning about and appreciating our area’s natural resources is MSNHA’s mission.”

Guidelines, applications and instructions are at msnha.una.edu.

In the previous grant cycle, which closed in September, the heritage area received eight applications and approved grant awards totaling $61,982. It was the largest total award amount since the organization opened its grants program in 2015.

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