Grant funding and other opportunities available in Oregon archaeology and heritage 

A job, grant opportunities and cemetery awards are up for grabs in Oregon archaeology and historic preservation.

First up, the state Commission on Indian Services is looking to hire a commission assistant, based in Salem. Among the commission’s responsibilities is providing advice and assistance to state agencies regarding the protection and preservation of American Indian cultural resources, including burial, archaeological and religious sites and artifacts. The assistant aids the commission in various clerical and administrative capacities.

Application deadline is Jan. 25, 2017.

A guide is dressed in period costume, ready to answer visitor questions, at Albany's Monteith House Museum. The 1849 pioneer home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of Oregon's cultural and historical heritage. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

A guide is dressed in period costume, ready to answer visitor questions, at Albany’s Monteith House Museum. The 1849 pioneer home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of Oregon’s cultural and historical heritage. Susannah L. Bodman | Science In Portland

Meanwhile, several grant opportunities are available in Oregon pertaining to historic preservation and archaeology. They are: Preserving Oregon Grants, which fund work on historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and archaeology projects; Diamond in the Rough Grants, which target restoration or reconstruction of building facades that have been heavily altered over the years; Oregon Museum Grants, which support completion of museum projects related to collections care, heritage tourism and education;  Oregon Historic Cemeteries Grants, which fund projects that preserve historic cemeteries; and Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grants, which help with downtown revitalization efforts in communities that belong to the Oregon Main Street Network.

More information and assistance regarding the grants are available from Oregon Heritage, part of the state’s parks and rec agency.

That help includes a free workshop on the   Main Street grants that will be held Jan. 31, 2017, in Cottage Grove. Additional grant workshops and webinars on project planning and grant writing will be offered in March.

You also can meet the funders and learn more about the grant programs at a series of events coming up in February in Astoria, Newport, Coos Bay, Salem,  Portland, Pendleton, Medford, Eugene and Sunriver.

Contact Kuri Gill, Oregon Heritage Grants and outreach Coordinator, at Kuri.Gill@oregon.gov or 503-986-0685 for more information.

Finally, nominations are being accepted  for the 2017 Sally Donovan Award for Historic Cemetery Preservation, part of  Oregon Heritage’s Excellence Awards Program.

The award is meant to recognize an individual, business or organization for outstanding efforts on behalf of Oregon historic cemeteries that lead to their individual preservation or contribute to the overall preservation of historic cemeteries statewide.

Award winners will be announced in early April 2017 and presented on April 26 at the Oregon Heritage Summit in Newberg.

Applications can be found on Oregon Heritage’s website or by contacting  Gill at Oregon Heritage.

Nomination deadline is Feb. 10, 2017.

Susannah L. Bodman
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