The Utah Department of Heritage & Arts has created some unique grant opportunities for communities and organizations throughout Utah to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Spike 150 initiative aims to inspire, educate, and reflect on the Transcontinental Railroad legacy as it unifies Utahns to see that great things are possible with vision, hard-work, dedication, and collaboration. Grants are open to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Applications are due by August 3rd.
These grants are being offered in three areas as outlined below:
- Spike 150 Cultural Celebration Grants– Funding for Utah arts, cultural, history, and humanities-based organizations, and local communities, to plan celebratory events, exhibits, festivals, performances, or programs around the sesquicentennial commemorating event.
- Railroad Depot Upgrade Grants– Funding for Utah historic railroad depots that serve as museums or visitor information centers in order to enhance the historic appearance and functionality of the railroad depot to support the Anniversary. Preference will be given to projects that contribute to the long-term maintenance and preservation of the historic railroad depot.
- Local History Grants– Funding for Utah communities and organizations to include Transcontinental Railroad or general railroad history in their 2019 programming. These can include public education activities, exhibits, research, events, and presentations related to the topic of railroads in Utah.
Projects must take place by September 1, 2019. For more information, and to apply for these grants, please visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/arts-and-museums/spike-150-grant-opportunities