Call for Proposal Evaluators

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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 $25,000 for programs, projects and activities which further MDNHA’s strategic goals and themes.  Up to $200,000 is available from MDNHA for grants in 2017.  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 Evaluators on or about Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  Review of proposals must be completed and required evaluations returned to MDNHA by Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
  2. For each proposal, evaluators will complete an assessment or scoring form, which are to be returned to MDNHA by Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  The evaluation forms may be scanned and submitted electronically.
  3. During the week of May 8-12, 2017, evaluators will participate in a one-day proposal review meeting to compare evaluations and make final rankings of applications.  While this meeting may be held by conference call, 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 Program Evaluators for MDNHA’s Grants Program will be paid a stipend of $500 at the conclusion of work.

Those interested in serving as Program Evaluators should submit a copy of their resume, along with a letter or statement of interest, by Wednesday, March 1, 2017, to:  Heather Kovarcik Miller, Program Associate for Projects, Delta Center for Culture and Learning, DSU Box 3152, 130 Ewing Hall, 1003 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS 38733, phone 662-846-4311, email  

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 working with this Program, any specific history, work or interests the applicant has in the Mississippi Delta generally and in the cultural and heritage goals of MDNHA specifically, and any past work of the applicant in reviewing and evaluating proposals for grant funding.

MDNHA is holding pre-application workshops for those interested in applying for grants on January 31 (Haraway Center, Northwest Community College, Senatobia, MS), February 2 (Capps Center, Indianola, MS) and February 7, 2017 (MSU Extension Center, Vicksburg, MS).  Persons interested in serving as Proposal Evaluators are encouraged to attend one of these workshops to learn more about MDNHA and the Mississippi Delta Heritage 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