What types of grants are available?
Wheeling Heritage offers five types of grants in an effort to continue our mission to lead community efforts to recognize, communicate and preserve Wheeling’s heritage.
To apply for a grant, the project must focus on the Wheeling Heritage Area, the city limits of Wheeling. Preference will be given to projects that interpret one of Wheeling’s Themes of History and Development.
These grants will fund up to 75% of direct project costs. The applicant can provide its matching share either in dollars or in-kind services.
Education & Interpretation Grant
Education and interpretation grants for up to $1,000 provide funding for projects that support the heritage area, interpret its historic importance, and provide long-term benefits to the community.
Community Development Grant
Community development grants for up to $1,000 are open to organizations or small businesses for projects that enhance or improve the heritage area, with a priority on the downtown district. Eligible projects include building improvements that are necessary for operation, as well as equipment and signage. Preference will be given to applicants with architectural renderings.
Artist grants are available for up to $1,000, and will help fund specific projects led by local artists. Funds can be used for supplies or equipment, as well as attendance and travel to workshops and seminars. Applicants must live in or be advancing the heritage area through the project.
Recreation grants will be available for up to $1,000 to projects or programs that enhance or encourage recreation in the heritage area, with priority given to projects that take place on the trail system.
Fairs & Festivals Grant
Fairs and festival grants up to $500 are available for events that take place within the heritage area and advance Wheeling’s culture and history.
Who can apply?
Individuals, community and neighborhood groups, local institutions, public entities and private enterprises can apply for grants. Joint ventures and private/public partnerships are encouraged. Applicants need not have nonprofit status. However, applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity to administer responsibly and account for funds.
Applicants may receive up to $1,000. For example, you may apply for an Education/Interpretation grant, as well as Fairs and Festivals grant, as long as the total equals $1,000 or less.