Category Archives: grants

Federal grant awarded to digitize historic Arizona newspapers

[Source: Newszap Forum] — The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records a grant to digitize historic Arizona newspapers. Titled Arizona Newspapers, 1880-1912; Arizona becomes one of only six states and one of only two State Libraries in 2008 to be successfully awarded a grant through this nationwide program. The digitized newspapers will eventually be posted on the Arizona Memory Project website which is hosted by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and also posted on the National Digital Newspapers Project website hosted by the Library of Congress. Both websites are free and publically available. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board re-grants program

[Source: Melanie I. Sturgeon, Arizona State Library] — The Arizona Historical Records Advisory Board (AHRAB) recently received NHPRC funding for a $10,000 re-grant program to preserve and make accessible Arizona’s historical records and provide continuing archival education and training.  The State Library will provide matching funds, for a total of $20,000 available for re-grants.

The re-grant project and the goals it represents are prominent in AHRAB’s long range plan.  Arizona’s re-grant program will help with continuing education for individuals with custody of historical materials and demonstrated need for collections management training.  It will foster preservation, access, and the public and private historical records collaborations and partnerships with others to preserve our documentary heritage. Finally, it will serve under-documented communities.

These funds are only applicable for archival collections and/or records and do not include library books, museum artifacts, building construction, etc.  AHRAB will be holding 6 call-in sessions for anyone who wants more information or has specific questions about what they might be interested in doing:

  • August 27: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • August 28: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • August 29: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Call AHRAB at 602-929-3729 to let them know which session you are interested in participating in.  To participate in the conference call on the specified dates and times, dial 602-926-3738. When prompted, enter the five digit number 19807.  Click here for grant applications on the AHRAB website. Email Melanie Sturgeon with any questions.

Meeting with Owner of Phoenix’s White Gates / Al Beadle House

[Source: Barbara Stocklin, City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Office] — Historic Preservation staff met with Lynda Maze, owner of the house at 4918 E. White Gates Drive, which was designed and occupied by noted modern architect Alfred Newman Beadle. The property was listed on the Arizona Preservation Foundation’s list of most endangered places in Arizona, due to the fact that the house is vacant and has been gutted and the lot has been cleared of vegetation. The property has also been cited by the Neighborhood Services Department for property maintenance violations. Ms. Maze recently purchased the house to try to rehabilitate it, and has requested assistance from the Historic Preservation Office. Rich Fairbourn of Build Inc., a former colleague of Beadle, and Peter Wolf, a writer familiar with Beadle’s work, also attended the meeting. Mr. Fairbourn will prepare plans for the rehabilitation and provide cost estimates for the work. Ms. Maze will likely submit a grant application and request city historic designation.

20+ historic sites in downtown Tucson vie for facade program

[Source: Teya Vitu, Tucson Citizen] — More than 20 historic downtown buildings will be evaluated for the city’s $530,000 facade improvement program. Property owners from many prominent downtown businesses met the Tuesday deadline to be considered for the program, said Glenn Lyons, chief executive of the Downtown Tucson Partnership. “I’m terribly pleased,” Lyons said. “I had no idea we’d have this kind of response.” That’s because property owners have to make a 50-50 match for the city funding if they are among the four chosen to do facade work. Applicants include Hotel Congress (pictured), Wig-O-Rama, Beowulf Alley Theatre and ArtFare The Muse.

The selection committee headed by Lyons expects to narrow the list by Aug. 1 to eight applicants. They will each be assigned an architect and each be 3 given $7,500 from the program fund to prepare their concept and renovation proposals, which are due Oct 7. The selection committee expects to announce four finalists Nov. 8. City funding could be as much as $125,000 for a corner property and $90,000 for one midblock. “It’ll be hard to choose eight and then four,” Lyons said. The buildings have to date from before 1948 and must have an original facade that can be restored. The program is limited to buildings on Broadway and Congress and Pennington streets, between Toole and Church avenues, Lyons said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

AZ grants lost due to state budget cuts

[Source:] — The Arizona State Parks department received 12 grant applications this spring requesting approximately $6.5 million from the State Lake Improvement Fund (SLIF). Unfortunately, because of legislative budget sweeps, those monies must be released to the legislature by August 15, 2008, so the Arizona State Parks Board reluctantly had to release those monies back to the General Fund.

According to Bill Scalzo, Chair of the Arizona State Parks Board, “The State Lake Improvement Fund bill was passed so that tax monies from boat fuel could be used for safety improvements on the lakes, for better law enforcement and boating access. These safety improvements now cannot be made and we are forced to move the money to the General Fund for other uses.” “We had no choice but to cancel these grants as the funds were swept from the accounts by the legislature,” he said. “The State Parks department has struggled since the last round of sweeps in 2002. At that time the agency was forced to use its capital improvement funds from SLIF ($2.3 million) to operate the parks. Now the parks are facing many crises as the historic structures and the infrastructures at the parks are deteriorating and we can’t make any improvements.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

County ask for grants for Nogales courthouse

[Source: Nogales International] — Santa Cruz County supervisors crossed their fingers April 30 and voted to apply for federal Community Development Block Grant funding to continue renovating the 1904 Historic Courthouse on Morley Avenue. The amount of the grant would be $490, 264. The money would pay for a new heating and ventilation system, and upgrade the electrical system, said Mary Dahl, Community Development director.

But the application requires the county to commit $175,536 in leveraged funds. Dahl is optimistic the county will get a Heritage Grant for Historic Preservation to cover the extra cost, as it did with the Robert Damon Recreation Complex, she said. But the county cannot apply for that grant until later this year. Applications are due Dec. 29, 2008. If the county does not receive the Heritage grant, the $175,536 would have to come out of the budget for the following fiscal year, Dahl said.

Snowflake considers library issues

[Source: Donna Rescorla, The Independent] — With Mayor Kelly Willis proclaiming April 13-19 National Library Week in Snowflake, it seemed only fitting that several other library related items were brought up at the April 8 meeting of Taylor Town Council. Town Librarian Cathie McDowell appeared before the council asking them to approve a resolution authorizing an application for a State Historic Preservation Grant to be used toward the renovation of the Snowflake Academy Building for use as the town library. She said they have the opportunity to use the grant because they already have matching funds.

“We can apply for up to $150,000 and we’re going for the maximum,” she said. “We have the $80,000 from the (Community Block Development Grant) grant we are receiving from the county. We also have the CDBG grant from the town.” She reported the State Historic Preservation Office has already confirmed that CDBG funds as well as their State Library grant can used for the match. “Winning this grant would help move this ambitious and important project forward,” she stated. The Snowflake Academy was also brought up by David Flake in call to the public. He thanked the council and the community for their support, adding that now the goal of the foundation board is to work aggressively at fundraising. “We want to thank you,” he told the council. “It’s up to all of us to support this project to put the building back to the way it was.” [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

Bisbee Foundation accepting grant applications

[Source: Shar Porier, Herald/Review] — The Bisbee Foundation has begun its 2008 grant cycle and is asking that area organizations, students and individuals file scholarship and grant applications by the deadline of April 1. Doug Dunn, member of the foundation’s board, said the grants are available to support Bisbee organizations or individuals in the arts or humanities or to assist in historic preservation. Funded programs must be open and accessible to local citizens. The grant categories include special projects, general operating support, technical assistance and mini-grants. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded this year. “The Dan Davies Scholarship will go to a student seeking a degree in the arts or humanities at an accredited college or university. The second scholarship, established in the memory of Bisbee artist John Heshmati, is to be used in the pursuit of a degree or a non-degree art study program,” Dunn said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]