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Atchafalaya National Heritage Area announce the 13 grant recipients from 2020 cycle

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Posted at 12:13 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:13:19-05

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA) has announced the 13 grant recipients from the fall 2020 ANHA Grant cycle.

The ANHA Grant Program, funded through the National Park Service, is distributing $122,515.44 in grant funds to promote environmental, recreational, and cultural heritage assets in the area. This grant provides matching funds assistance through reimbursement. The recipient, therefore, must provide proof of payment for 100% of eligible expenses when submitting a request for reimbursement.

"In Louisiana, we celebrate our culture like nowhere else in the country. And, you can get firsthand experience of some of that culture in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area," said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. "Through these grants, our basin communities will be able to better tell the stories of their culture, authentic and real stories that will Feed Your Soul. Through these stories we can learn of the evolution of this rich blend of cultures, traditions, and lifeways that have created this special place known as the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area."

The goal of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is to preserve and promote the cultural, natural and recreational resources of the 14 parishes that encompass the Atchafalaya Basin. Grant awardees must prove projects meet this vision through cultural event showcases, heritage interpretation efforts, and natural or recreational improvements. Criteria include project feasibility, sustainability and creativity.

The fall 2020 ANHA Grant Awardees include:

Town of Washington
St. Landry
Work with local partner to redevelop a vacant lot across from town hall into a community garden and green space called Ethel Park

Swamp Base
St. Martin
Expand swamp education program by adding floating campsites for overnight stays

Bayou Teche Museum
Inclusion of text panels telling the story of the impact enslaved labor played in the growth and expansion of the sugar industry

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper
Create a series of microfilms bringing awareness to the Atchafalaya Basin and presented at film festivals & schools as educational presentations

East Baton Rouge
Initiate and expand education content focusing on awareness, engagement, and stewardship of waterways in East Baton Rouge Parish

Association for the Liberty Theatre
St. Landry
Develop a business plan to initiate strategies to renew the historic Liberty Theatre as a center for culture, performance, and community pride

Iberia Cultural Resources Association
The Books Along the Teche Literary Festival honors Southern storytellers and writers who write about the South or celebrate Southern themes and places. The celebration will include music, food, tours and interpretive demonstrations unique to Iberia Parish and South Louisiana.

The TECHE Project
St. Martin
Design handouts and marketing materials to promote the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail, including maps and information about the paddle trail

Wedell-Williams and Cypress Sawmill Memorial Foundation
St. Mary
Develop interactive platform called Atchafalaya Cypress: A Digital History of the Cypress Industry in the Basin to document and preserve the history and culture of the cypress industry featuring primary sources, narrative text, historical photographs, and maps.

Baton Rouge Blues Festival & Foundation
East Baton Rouge
Promote, preserve, and propel Louisiana Blues music by promoting blues musicians both from Louisiana or inspired by the roots music of Louisiana. The 2021 festival will include and online series to reach a larger audience.

Louisiana Consortium of Immersion Schools
Louisiana Virtual Immersion will create innovative, educational and audiovisual resources promoting the state's cultural and environmental landmarks along with linguistic and cultural heritage, including lessons and animated videos for French Immersion schools.

City of New Iberia
Develop a wayfinding sign system connecting historic and cultural districts to tell the full history and story of the city of New Iberia

River Road African American Museum
Freedom Garden enhancement and Rosenwald Edible Landscape project to include ten, new, raised text panels telling the story of native plants and teaching about the history of Louisiana's Underground Railroad

"The cultural story of south-central Louisiana comes from a diverse tapestry of people, places and traditions. ANHA is excited to provide funding this year for over a dozen projects that protect and enhance what makes our home so special," said Justin Lemoine, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Executive Director.

The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area will run its next grant cycle in spring 2021. To learn more about the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, visit the newly redesigned

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