Tuesday Jun 27

BNHAP has announced an award of $6000 to the CCHAC

DATE: February 12, 2015


CONTACT:  Sara Smith, 828-389-1402; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $6000 to the Clay County Historical & Arts Council for interpretive landscaping with native plants and heritage fruit trees at the Old Jail Museum in Hayesville. This grant will be matched with local funds and volunteer services.


The museum is at the beginning of the Quanassee Trail and is one of several Cherokee heritage sites in the community. Nearby is the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, also partially funded with a grant from the BRNHA.


According to Sara Smith, organization co-president, “This grant will make it possible for the Historical and Arts Council to develop the landscape below the museum into a botanical area using native wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.  We will be working with the NC Extension Service, the Hiwassee  River Watershed Coalition, the Master Gardeners, and the Clay County Soil and Water Conservation District.  This concerted effort will result in a project that local citizens and visitors can enjoy and learn about our native plants.”


In this grant cycle, the BRNHA Partnership awarded 22 grants totaling $170,000 in funding to preserve and promote Western North Carolina’s heritage. 

“We appreciate and are grateful for all the wonderful work that is being done throughout the region to preserve our heritage and improve our communities,” said Angie Chandler, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. “This year’s grant cycle was extremely competitive—we had 52 applicants and some great projects presented, but we simply could not fund them all.”


Funded by the federal dollars the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership receives, the grant awards will help support diverse initiatives across the North Carolina mountains and foothills, focusing on craft, music, natural heritage, Cherokee traditions, and the region’s legacy in agriculture. These five facets of the region’s heritage earned the 25 counties of Western North Carolina a Congressional designation as the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in 2003.


Since its inception in 2003, the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, a public charity, has awarded 133 grants totaling over $1.9 million and leveraging another $4.2 million in matching contributions from local governments and the private sector. These grants have funded projects in all 25 counties of Western North Carolina.