Tell me about the MDNHA Grants program

The MDNHA grants program issues medium-sized grants to organizations and individuals who do projects around five themes: The River and The Land, The Blues, Freedom, Creativity Beyond Cotton, and Diverse Communities.  Successful projects address one or more of four main goals:

  1. Perpetuate the unique culture of the Mississippi Delta through engagement of the people who live here to preserve, celebrate, and share the places and stories of the region;

  2. Save historic and natural resources by raising awareness of the threat of their loss, providing recognition for saving places and directing resources to training, education, and preservation.

  3. Build a heritage area-wide network of partners by providing opportunities for engagement in a variety of roles;

  4. Contribute to sustainable economic development through activities that will strengthen local and regional economies.

For more detailed information, please download and read the information below, and consider attending our Grant Application Workshop, which is designed for new grantees.

past Grantees

Click here to see past funded projects.

Do you have questions about your grant application?

Send an email to or contact Mike Ward, MDNHA Grants Consultant at 901-832-5405

Applications for MDNHA Grants will be accepted beginning monday, NOVEMBER 12, 2018.

The Deadline FOR APPLICATIONS for FY2019 Grants is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. 

This will be the only grant cycle during FY2019.


Pre-Application Workshops Occurred:

Thursday, OCt 25, 2018 - HErnando

TUesday, OCtober 30, 2018 - Indianola

Thursday, November 6, 2018 - Vicksburg

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Take a look at the online webinars below from Grant Space. 


Welcome , Overview of MDNHA & Review of Grant Regulations

Resource Panel Discussion with MAC, MHC, and MDAH

Review of Grant Application Form

Take a look at some of the work created by our grant recipients


The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Grants Program provides strategic investments in programs and projects that help preserve, enhance, interpret and promote the uniqueness of the cultural and heritage experience within the Mississippi Delta.

Funding may be provided to heritage sites, events, programs and other projects of cultural, educational and recreational value that also address one or more of MDNHA’s five basic themes.

The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Grants Program will make seed grants to initiate new activities and projects that meet MDNHA goals, with the purpose of expanding heritage development activities across the region.

The first round of grants were awarded in the spring of 2016 to eleven cultural and heritage development projects in the Mississippi Delta

DeSoto Foundation, Hernando, MS | First Contact Historical Trail: Native Americans’ first encounter with Europeans in the Mississippi Delta

ArtPlace Mississippi, Greenwood, MS | Delta Wild: Connecting people to the Mississippi Delta’s natural habitat and resources

Cleveland Chamber of Commerce, Cleveland, MS | Cleveland Chamber/Tourism office relocation and signage plan

Rolling Fork Visitors Center and Museum, Rolling Fork, MS | Multimedia interpretive display expansion and exhibit preservation

Lower Mississippi River Foundation, Clarksdale, MS | Between the Levees: Telling the story of the Mississippi River batture

  Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Vicksburg, MS  |  1868 St. Francis Xavier Convent restoration

Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, Vicksburg, MS | 1868 St. Francis Xavier Convent restoration

Cleveland Music Foundation, Cleveland, MS | Exploring a Culture of Creativity: Engaging students in telling local stories through music at Grammy Museum Mississippi

Rosedale Freedom Project, Rosedale, MS | Unsung Voices of Bolivar County: civil rights stories past and present collected by high school students

Delta State University Archives and Museums, Cleveland, MS | Amzie Moore House Museum and MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum docent program

Delta Hands for Hope, Shaw, MS | Photography and Oral History Program for high school students

Bologna Performing Arts Center, Cleveland, MS | Public performance of “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till”