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Arts, Historic, and Recreation Resources

Fairfield June 24-25, 2015
National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning and Design Projects.  Go to http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/arts-engagment-cultural-planning-and-design-projects-grant-program-description.

Challenge America grant program.  Go to http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/challenge-america/grant-program-description.

Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA)provides assistance and grants for a variety of arts-related projects.  They also support the development of arts organizations.  Go to http://www.arts.idaho.gov/. Michelle Coleman, Community Development Director, 208-334-2119, michelle.coleman@arts.idaho.gov. ICA’s Community Scholar Program could help develop the Camas Prairie Heritage Project.  See Appendix for a description of this program.  For further details, contact Fairfield visiting team member Steven Hatcher at Steven.Hatcher@arts.idaho.gov or 208-334-2119 ext. 111.

The National Endowment for the Arts provides tools and articles on strategic planning on their website. http://www.nea.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html.

The Urban Institute publishes a free book titled Culture and Commerce:  Traditional Arts and Economic Development that may be helpful in talking with business owners and community leaders about supporting the arts.  http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/410812_culture_and_commerce.pdf.

ArtPlace is an organization working to accelerate creative place making in the United States offers grants to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to make transformative impact on community vibrancy.  Go to http://www.artplaceamerica.org/.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Community Giving Program funds philanthropic projects that focus on arts and culture, civic and community, and health and human services. Go to http://tinyurl.com/c3xrqpw for complete guidelines.

Two Degrees Northwest is a cultural tourism effort based in north central Idaho and southwest Washington coordinated by the University of Idaho Extension.  http://www.2dnw.org.  Lori Higgins, 208-885-9717, Higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Idaho Humanities Council provides grant funding for projects and events related to history, culture, and identity.  The Council can also provide information regarding funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Go to www.idahohumanities.org.  208-345-5346. 

Idaho State Historical Society’s Community Enhancement grants can fund interpretive signage, brochures, and history-related audio and video projects.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/community-enhancement-grants.  Keith Peterson, keith.peterson@history.idaho.gov, 208.882.1540.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

Some communities have used New Markets Tax Credits to rehabilitate historic buildings, which then become the cornerstones of their downtowns.   In Idaho, New Market Tax Credits are administered by the Montana Community Development Corporation. Go to http://mtcdc.org/loans/new-markets-tax-credits/.  Contact Dave Glaser, 406-728-9234 ext. 211, daveg@mtcdc.org.

The National Park Service has a historic tax credit that can be paired with New Market Tax Credit.  Go to:  http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm.

Fred Walters, architectural historian with the Idaho Heritage Trust, will tour historic buildings and give ideas as well as roughly evaluate condition of structures.  Contact Executive Director Katherine Kirk at 208-549-1778.  Go to http://www.idahoheritage.org/.

Idaho State Parks and Recreation offers grants for recreation projects, particularly if they are multipurpose and attract multiple audiences.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.aspx.  They also offer grants to communities looking to develop RV facilities.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/idaho-recreational-vehicle-rv-program.  Contact Jennifer Park, jennifer.park@idpr.idaho.gov, 208-525-7121.

KaBOOM is a non-profit dedicated to the construction of parks and playgrounds.  Go to http://kaboom.org/.

Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund assists communities developing playing fields and provides uniform and equipment to schools and youth baseball organizations.  Go to http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=baseball_tomorrow_fund.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to support both soccer programs and field-building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide.  Go to http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation supports programs promoting activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.  Go to http://www.sauconyrunforgood.com/.

The American Medical Association’s Healthy Living Grant Program supports grassroots health education programs to develop school and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges.  Go to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/ama-foundation/our-programs/public-health/healthy-living-grants.page.

The offices for the Bear River Heritage Area are located in Logan, UT.  Go to http://bearriverheritage.com. Contact the Lisa Duskin-Goede, Bear River Heritage Area Coordinator, lisad@brag.utah.gov, 435-752-7242.

Sunrise Park Resort near Greer, AZ is one ski and snowboard resort that’s actively working to decrease its dependency on snow by increasing its appeal as a year round destination offering a variety of activities.  It is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Go to http://sunriseskiparkaz.com/.  Contact 855-735-SNOW or info@sunriseskipark.com.  A description of summer activities is available here: http://sunriseskiparkaz.com/summer-things-to-do/.

Changing Climate Heats Up Ski Resort Summer Uses in Nevada” by Nick Exline is an article in the February/March issue of Western Planning magazine.  The article describes how Heavenly Mountain Resort was the first Lake Tahoe resort to propose activities under a federal bill that allows the Forest Service to review and accept non-ski-related activities.  Go to http://westernplanner.org/journal/current-issue/

Preston March 3-5, 2015

Idaho Commission on the Arts provides assistance and grants for a variety of arts-related projects.  They also support the development of arts organizations.  Go to http://www.arts.idaho.gov/. Michelle Coleman, Community Development Director, 208-334-2119, michelle.coleman@arts.idaho.gov.

The National Endowment for the Arts provides tools and articles on strategic planning on their website. http://www.nea.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html.

The Urban Institute publishes a free book titled Culture and Commerce:  Traditional Arts and Economic Development that may be helpful in talking with business owners and community leaders about supporting the arts.  http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/410812_culture_and_commerce.pdf.

ArtPlace is an organization working to accelerate creative place making in the United States offers grants to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to make transformative impact on community vibrancy.  Go to http://www.artplaceamerica.org/.

Idaho Nonprofit Center provides education and networking opportunities to nonprofit organizations on a variety of issues, including organizational development, fundraising, and collaboration.  Go to www.idahononprofits.org.

Idaho National Laboratory’s Community Giving Program funds philanthropic projects that focus on arts and culture, civic and community, and health and human services. Go to http://tinyurl.com/c3xrqpw for complete guidelines.

Two Degrees Northwest is a cultural tourism effort based in north central Idaho and southwest Washington coordinated by the University of Idaho Extension.  http://www.2dnw.org.  Lori Higgins, 208-885-9717, Higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Idaho Humanities Council provides grant funding for projects and events related to history, culture, and identity.  Go to www.idahohumanities.org.  208-345-5346.

Idaho State Historical Society’s Community Enhancement grants can fund interpretive signage, brochures, and history-related audio and video projects.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/community-enhancement-grants.  Keith Peterson, keith.peterson@history.idaho.gov, 208.882.1540.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

Idaho Regional Travel Grant Program funds projects related to developing tourism-related amenities and marketing.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/tourism-resources/itc-grant-program. Contact Jill Eden, jill.eden@commerce.idaho.gov, 208-334-2650 ext 2161.

As a way to promote tourism, the Visit Salmon Valley website is an excellent example for Preston and Franklin County.  Go to http://www.visitsalmonvalley.com.

Destination Development International is a community branding and tourism consulting firm based in Seattle offering several branding-related workshops, trainings, and a resource book entitled “Your Town:  A Destination” (http://tinyurl.com/7v5l6h9). Notes from a presentation by one of the book’s co-authors is available here:  http://tinyurl.com/6mchhtp. Additional contact information:  http://www.destinationdevelopment.com, Roger Brooks, 206-241-4770.

Tourism Cares is a non-profit offering grants and technical assistance for the preservation, conservation and restoration of cultural and historic sites and visitor education.  Go to http://www.tourismcares.org/.

The Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project contributes to the economic health of the region by promoting sustainable tourism and is a partnership between Sierra Business Council, Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the National Geographic Society.  Go to http://sierrabusiness.org/what-we-do/projects/356-sierra-nevada-geotourism.

Some communities have used New Markets Tax Credits to rehabilitate historic buildings, which then become the cornerstones of their downtowns.   In Idaho, New Market Tax Credits are administered by the Montana Community Development Corporation. Go to http://mtcdc.org/loans/new-markets-tax-credits/.  Contact Dave Glaser, 406-728-9234 ext  211, daveg@mtcdc.org.

The National Park Service has a historic tax credit that can be paired with New Market Tax Credit.  Go to:  http://www.nps.gov/tps/tax-incentives.htm.

Fred Walters, architectural historian with the Idaho Heritage Trust, will tour historic buildings and give ideas as well as roughly evaluate condition of structures.  Contact Executive Director Katherine Kirk at 208-549-1778.  Go to http://www.idahoheritage.org/.

Idaho State Parks and Recreation offers grants for recreation projects, particularly if they are multipurpose and attract multiple audiences.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.aspx.  They also offer grants to communities looking to develop RV facilities.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/idaho-recreational-vehicle-rv-program.  Contact Jennifer Park, jennifer.park@idpr.idaho.gov, 208-525-7121.

KaBOOM is a non-profit dedicated to the construction of parks and playgrounds.  Go to http://kaboom.org/.

Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund assists communities developing playing fields and provides uniform and equipment to schools and youth baseball organizations.  Go to http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp?content=programs&program=baseball_tomorrow_fund.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on an annual basis to support both soccer programs and field-building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide.  Go to http://www.ussoccerfoundation.org/.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation supports programs promoting activity and healthy lifestyles for youth.  Go to http://www.sauconyrunforgood.com/.

The American Medical Association’s Healthy Living Grant Program supports grassroots health education programs to develop school and community-based solutions to behavioral health challenges.  Go to http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/about-ama/ama-foundation/our-programs/public-health/healthy-living-grants.page.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has grant programs for developing recreational facilities, including trails, restrooms, and related amenities.  Many grants are in the $50,000-$150,000 range.  Go to: http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/about-parks-recreation

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation has offices in Brigham City, UT and Pocatello, ID.  Go to http://www.nwbshoshone.com/index.html.  Call 435-734-2286 in Brigham City and 208-478-5712 in Pocatello.

Boise-based Kessler-Keener Foundation creates events and supports other activities intended to increase understanding, respect, and friendship between Native and non-Native people in Idaho.  Go to www.kesslerkeener.org or call Ed Keener at 208-429-0266.

The Nez Perce Tribe’s annual Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Potluck near Wallowa, OR is a celebration and recognition of the continuing Nez Perce presence in the Wallowa Valley. Go to http://www.wallowanezperce.org/index.php/tamkaliks-celebration.  Contact the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center at (541) 886-3101 
email: tamkaliks@gmail.com.

The offices for the Bear River Heritage Area are located in Logan, UT.  Go to http://bearriverheritage.com. Contact the Lisa Duskin-Goede, Bear River Heritage Area Coordinator, lisad@brag.utah.gov, 435-752-7242.

The Pioneer Country Travel Council, Pioneer Country Travel Council, PO Box 669, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246, 208-776-5221.

Rigby June 3-5, 2014
The Idaho Humanities Council provides grant funding for projects and events related to history, culture, and identity.  Go to www.idahohumanities.org.  208-345-5346.

Idaho State Historical Society’s Community Enhancement grants can fund interpretive signage, brochures, and history-related audio and video projects.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/community-enhancement-grants.  Keith Peterson, keith.peterson@history.idaho.gov, 208-882-1540.

To see the visitors guide and video tour recently created by the City of Glenns Ferry, go to http://glennsferryidaho.org/visitors-guide-and-tour/.

University of Idaho Extension Specialist, Lorie Higgins, developed the Two Degrees Northwest artisan trail guide for nine counties in north central Idaho and southeastern Washington to help visitors locate place-based businesses (“place-based” means tied to place – this kind of development can’t be off shored).  Lorie is available for consultation if this kind of rural development strategy is considered by Rigby residents.  Go to http://www.2dnw.org/.  Contact Lorie Higgins, Director, 208-885-9717, Higgins@uidaho.edu.

The Idaho Commission on the Arts maintains a statewide directory of nonprofit arts organizations and provides assistance and grant funding opportunities to these organizations.  Contact Michelle Coleman, michelle.coleman@arts.idaho.gov, 208-334-2119.  Go to http://www.arts.idaho.gov/community/non.aspx.

For helping creating a community foundation, contact the Idaho Community Foundation at http://www.idcomfdn.org/ or 208-342-3535 and/or the Idaho Nonprofit Center at www.idahononprofits.org or 208-424-2229.

Other communities that have successfully developed multi-purpose performing and/or visual art centers and/or recreation, and community centers include:

•         Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls (http://www.museumofidaho.org/)

•         Idaho Falls YMCA (http://www.ifymca.org/)

•         Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center in Post Falls (http://www.thejacklincenter.org/)

•         Twin Falls Center for the Arts (http://www.twinfallscenter.org/index.html) is owned and operated by the Magic Valley Arts Council (http://magicvalleyartscouncil.org/).

•         Salmon Arts Council in Salmon (http://www.salmonartscouncil.org/)

•         Nampa Civic Center (http://www.nampaciviccenter.com/)

•         Idaho Art Lab in St. Anthony (http://www.idahoartlab.org/)

•         The Historic Wilson Theater and Renaissance Arts Center in Rupert (http://www.ruperttheatre.com/)

•         Teton Arts Council in Teton County, ID (http://www.tetonartscouncil.com/)

•         Blackfoot Performing Arts Center (http://www.blackfootpac.com/index.htm)

•         ARTitorium on Broadway operated by the Idaho Falls Arts Council (http://www.idahofallsarts.org/artitorium-on-broadway)

•         The Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry (http://www.thepearltheater.org/)

•         The Hive in Sandpoint (http://livefromthehive.com/about.tpl)

•         The Hive in Boise (www.boisehive.org)

•         Boys and Girls Clubs have been established in the following Idaho communities: Post Falls, Lapwai, Nampa, Boise, Mountain Home, Buhl, and Twin Falls. (http://www.bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx)

•         The 1912 Center in Moscow is managed by the Heart of the Arts nonprofit organization .  The building is the former Moscow High School. (http://www.1912center.org/)

•         The Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene (http://www.kroccda.org/main.php)

Regardless of its location, the Idaho Department of Commerce Community Development Block and Gem Grant programs can help support the creation of an community arts, education, and recreation center.  Contact Jerry Miller, 208-287-0780, jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov.  Go to http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/community-grants/community-development-block-grant-cdbg.

ArtPlace America, a nationwide initiative to drive community revitalization through the arts, is inviting Letters of Inquiry for the fifth round of its National Grants program. Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to projects that involve arts organizations, artists, and designers working in partnership with local and national partners to have a transformative impact on their community.  Go to http://www.artplaceamerica.org/loi/.

The City of Paducah, Kentucky is an excellent example of a community that’s actively incorporating the arts into its economic development and downtown revitalization efforts.  Go to http://www.paducahalliance.org/.

Fred Walters, architectural historian with the Idaho Heritage Trust, will tour historic buildings and give ideas as well as roughly evaluate condition of structures.  Contact Executive Director Katherine Kirk at 208-549-1778.  Go to http://www.idahoheritage.org/.

Another source of funding for historic research and brochures is the Certified Local Government program administered by Idaho State Historic Preservation Office.  Grants go to local governments that create historic districts and historic preservation commissions.  Go to http://history.idaho.gov/certified-local-government-clg-program.

The Blue Cross Foundation Grant program funds, among other things, community walking and biking trails.  Go to http://www.bcidahofoundation.org/.

People for Bikes is a national foundation that offers grants for bike paths and initiatives promoting biking.  Go to http://www.peopleforbikes.org/pages/community-grants.

In Our Back Yard (IOBY) is a non-profit that helps communities accomplish small projects through crowd source funding.  IOBY can help craft a crowd sourcing campaign and even serve as a group’s 501(C)3 if none exist.  Go to http://www.ioby.org/.

Idaho Health & Welfare Community Activity Connection Grants.  Go to http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/IdahoPhysicalActivityandNutrition(IPAN)/PhysicalActivity/tabid/1970/Default.aspx and http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/downloads/UrbanDesignPolicies.pdf.

Idaho Parks & Recreation grants.  Go to http://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/about-parks-recreation.

Idaho Smart Growth (ISG) provides assistance to communities working to become more walkable and bikable as they grow.  Go to www.idahosmartgrowth.org.  Contact Deanna Smith or Elaine Clegg at 208-333-8066.  Go here for a copy of ISG’s Safe Routes to School Local Policy Handbook and Best Practices for Idaho:  http://www.idahosmartgrowth.org/app/uploads/2014/05/safe_routes_to_school_bp_final-compressed.pdf.

Community Pathways in Idaho Falls.  Go to http://www.communitypathways.com/.  Contact Chris Daly, IFCommunityPathways@gmail.com.

Community Transportation Association of Idaho.  Go to http://ctai.org/.  Contact Dave Dorian, Mobility Manager for District 5, ddoran@ctai.org, 208-241-4379.

Bannock Metropolitan Planning Organization.  Go to http://bmpo.org/.  Contact DaNiel Jose, Bike/Ped Coordinator.

Eastern Idaho Public Health in Idaho Falls.  Go to http://www.phd7.idaho.gov/.  Kaylene Craig, 208-522-0310.

The Idaho Department of Transportation has a website with information and links to ITD initiatives related to bicycling and walking, tips and resources for bicycling and walking in Idaho, information on how bicycle and pedestrian projects are implemented, as well as useful links to other organizations that are committed to bicycle and pedestrian mobility.  Go to

http://itd.idaho.gov/bike_ped/proposals.htm and http://itd.idaho.gov/bike_ped/FundingGuide2013.pdf.

The Local Highway Technical Assistance Council provides a variety of educational opportunities and other assistance to local jurisdictions and transportation agencies in rural Idaho.  Go to http://lhtac.org/.  Contact lhtac@lhtac.org or 208-344-0565.

Idaho Walk Bike Alliance.  Go to http://idahowalkbike.org/.  Call 208-286-1628.

A partial list of Idaho cities and/or counties who have successfully built community or greenbelt-like trail systems includes:
Pocatello/Bannock County

Driggs/Teton County

Ketchum/Hailey/Blaine County

Kootenai County/Coeur d’Alene Tribe

Lewiston

Moscow/Troy/Latah County

McCall/Valley County

Weiser/Cambridge/Washington County

Boise/Garden City/Eagle/Ada County

Star

Middleton

Twin Falls/Twin Falls County

Soda Springs

Aberdeen

In some cases, success has been made possible by the creation of a non-profit organization specifically formed to fund and construct a trail or trail system. The Latah Trail Foundation is one example (http://www.latahtrailfoundation.org/default.aspx?PageID=1, 208- 874-3860, latahtrail@gmail.com). Other communities have started out by forming a pedestrian and bicycle advisory committee. In nearly every example, success has required the passion, organization, and advocacy of local citizens and community groups.

Puffy Mondaes (artisan community space).  Go to http://www.puffymondaes.com/classes.php.

Driggs September 11-13, 2012

Nez Perce/Lapwai June 12-14, 2012

Bonners Ferry September 21-23, 2010

  • Idaho Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), http://commerce.idaho.gov/communities/block-grants.aspx, Tony Tenne, Community Development Specialist, 208-334-2470, ext. 2111, tony.tenne@commece.idaho.gov. The CDBG program has recently helped communities including Cottonwood, Kamiah, and Nez Perce explore interest in building a community center and will be able to provide local contact information as well as funding options.
  • Paul G. Allen Foundation provides funding opportunities for investment in youth engagement in their communities. www.pgafoundations.com.
  • Idaho Department of Commerce’s Show Me the Money funding newsletter often features grant opportunities for youth, education, and recreational programs. Email jerry.miller@commerce.idaho.gov to get on the mailing list.
  • USDA Rural Development, Community Facilities Program, Howard Lunderstadt, Community Programs Specialist, 208-762-4939, howard.lunderstadt@id.usda.gov.
  • Idaho Nonprofit Center, http://www.idahononprofits.org/, 208-424-2229.
  • ‘The Station’ Youth Recreation Center, Soda Springs. Information available though Soda Springs city hall. This is a successful, award winning, volunteer-run youth center housed in the former police station. 208-547-2600.
  • The Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded grants for the construction of skate parks in Buhl, McCall, and New Meadows. http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/grant_application.asp.
  • US Bank Foundation will fund recreation projects. Julie Norris, 208-383-7765. Other banks and bank foundations may fund community projects as part of their community reinvestment efforts.
  • National Recreation and Park Association, 800-626-NRPA, http://www.nrpa.org/.
  • Equinox Foundation Grant Program is a branch of the Inland Northwest Community Foundation. This foundation makes grants in Bonners and Boundary Counties for arts, parks, trails, and environmental projects. http://www.inwcf.org/receive/grant-opportunities-2/141-equinox-foundation-grant-program.
  • The Association of Idaho Cities can help identify Idaho cites with park and recreation donation programs. www.idahocities.org, 208- 344-8594.
  • Idaho Recreation and Parks Association, http://www.irpa-idaho.org/index.asp, irpa.idaho@gmail.com. Josh Oakes with the City of Post Falls is currently the north Idaho representative on the IRPA Board. 208-773-0539, joakes@postfallsidaho.org.

 

  • Idaho Community Foundation, http://www.idcomfdn.org/, 208-342-3535, grants@idcomfdn.org,
  • Similar-sized cities with active community foundations include Kamiah (Upper Clearwater Community Foundation, Debbie Evans, kamiahgrants@msn.com, 208-935-0764) and Soda Springs (Greater Soda Springs Community Development Foundation, (Trent Clark, trent.l.clark@monsanto.com, 208- 547-4300).
  • The National Endowment for the Arts provides tools and articles on strategic planning on their website. http://www.nea.gov/resources/Lessons/index.html.
  • The Urban Institute publishes a free book titled “Culture and Commerce, Traditional Arts and Economic Development” that may be helpful in talking with business owners and others about supporting the arts. http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/410812_culture_and_commerce.pdf.
  • South Lake Promotions is a business that provides up-to-date information on arts-related activities in the south Lake Coeur d’Alene/Harrison area. http://www.southlakecda.com/index.htm, Estar Holmes, estar@southlakecda.com.
  • Idaho Heritage Trust, Gaetha Pace, 208-549-1778, gaetha@mindspring.com.
  • The National Trust for Preservation provides two types of financial assistance to non-profit organizations and public agencies:  1) matching grants from $500 to $5,000 for preservation planning and educational efforts, and 2) intervention funds for preservation emergencies. Matching grant funds may be used to obtain professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, fund raising, organizational development and law as well as to provide preservation education activities for the public. http://www.preservationnation.org/resources/find-funding/grants/.
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