Arizona Route 66 Association partners with foundation to award grants

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona announced this week it is partnering with the Arizona Community Foundation to award grants to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and local, state and tribal agencies.

According to a news release from the association:

The Route 66 Arizona grant seeks applicants who support the Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona’s mission to preserve, promote, or protect Route 66 in Arizona. They will also consider projects that focus on planning, education and research projects. […]
“We feel the timing of the launch will be impactful. We know organizations and governments have had to make difficult decisions to cut budgets and put off projects. We want to help fill the gaps.” Said Nikki Seegers, director of Operations at the Association.
The grant application will be posted on the Arizona Community Foundation’s website starting Aug. 3. Interested organizations can submit their applications through Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. All applications and supporting materials will be collected by the Arizona Community Foundation, who will be available for questions or assistance navigating the application process. Proposals will be accepted for minimum budgets of $1,000 and up to a maximum of $25,000.
This will be the first grant cycle of what the Association plans on granting annually. Grant awards will be announced in November.
“We are so excited to finally share this good news and see the creativity of the Route 66 Arizona community in growing and preserving our state treasure,” Seegers said.

The association has financially supported several projects, including the repainting of the mural at Standin’ On The Corner Park in Winslow, the renovation of an exhibit space in the Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman, stencils and paint for shields in the road in Parks, a donation for paint and stucco work at the Painted Desert Trading Post and the creation of an endowment at NAU’s Cline Library where the state’s Route 66 archives are collected and housed.

In total, over $80,000 has been contributed to these initiatives.

The association receives revenue from the Arizona Route 66 license plate program it launched in December 2016 that generated $231,000 in its first year. The robust cash flow has enabled it to move away from being a membership-based organization.

(Image of Route 66 near Oatman, Arizona, by Vicente Villamon via Flickr)

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