Call for Proposal Evaluators 2018-2019

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The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA) is issuing a call for interested individuals to serve as proposal evaluators for its Mississippi Delta Heritage Grants Program.  Begun in 2016, this Program provides grants of up to $24,500 for programs, projects and activities that further MDNHA’s strategic goals and themes.  Up to $200,000 is available from MDNHA for grants in 2019.  Nonprofits, educational institutions, schools, units of local government and others are eligible for the grants

The primary responsibilities of Proposal Evaluators will be:

  1. To read, review and evaluate, based on criteria provided by MDNHA, an estimated 30-40 proposals for the Grants Program. Each application will consist of a cover page, a program narrative of up to 10 pages, a budget, budget narrative and relevant attachments. Hard copies and/or electronic copies of proposals will be provided to Proposal Evaluators on or about Tuesday, February 25, 2019.  Review of proposals must be completed and required evaluations returned to MDNHA by Monday, April 1, 2019.

  2. For each proposal, Proposal Evaluators will complete a detailed assessment or scoring form and a score summary form, which are to be returned to MDNHA by Monday, April 1, 2019. The evaluation forms may be scanned and submitted electronically.

  3. During the week of April 8-12, 2019, Proposal Evaluators will participate in a one-day proposal review meeting at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS to compare evaluations and make final rankings of applications. Proposal Evaluators will be reimbursed for any costs incurred (travel, per diem, etc.) if required to attend such a meeting in person.

Those selected to serve as Proposal Evaluators for MDNHA’s Grants Program will be paid a stipend of $500 at the conclusion of work.

Those interested in serving as Proposal Evaluators should email a copy of their resume, along with a letter or statement of interest, by Friday, November 30, 2018, to: 

Shelia Winters, Program Associate for Projects

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Delta State University

The letter or statement of interest should not be more than two (2) pages and should address the basis of the applicant’s interest in serving as a Proposal Evaluator for the MDNHA Grants Program.  Any specific history, work or interest the applicant has in the Mississippi Delta, in the cultural and heritage goals of MDNHA specifically, and any past work the applicant has had in reviewing and evaluating proposals for grant funding should be indicated.

MDNHA is holding pre-application workshops for those interested in applying for grants at the following locations:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gale Community Center

2601 Elm Street

Hernando, MS 38632

(662) 429-2688

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Capps Center

920 US Highway 82 West

Indianola, MS 38751

(662) 887-2876

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Mississippi State University Extension Center – Warren County

1100-C Grove Street

Vicksburg, MS 39180

(601) 636-5442

Persons interested in serving as Proposal Evaluators are encouraged to attend one of these workshops to learn more about MDNHA and the Grants Program.

Questions concerning this Call for Proposal Evaluators can be submitted electronically to

The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is a cultural heritage partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service.  Led by Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University, the MDNHA includes 18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo. 

The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at  Information about the grants program is also available at this website.

For more information, contact The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at 662-846-4311, or email or

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit