What types of grants are available?

Wheeling Heritage offers three grants in an effort to continue our mission to lead community efforts to recognize, communicate and preserve Wheeling’s heritage.


Grants include an Education/interpretation grant, Fairs and festivals grant, and an Artist grant. To apply for a grant, the project must focus on the Wheeling Heritage Area, the city limits of Wheeling.


These grants will fund up to 75% of direct project costs. The applicant can provide its matching share either in dollars or in-kind services.

Education & Interpretation Grant

This grant awards up to $1,000. Projects eligible for this grant must support the heritage area; interpret periods, venues and themes of the heritage area; and provide long-term benefits to the community.

Fairs & Festivals Grant

This grant awards up to $500, and can be used for general costs. Projects eligible for this grant include fairs and festivals that interpret the culture of the Wheeling Heritage Area.

Artist Grant

This grant awards up to $500. Artists with professional experience in the Wheeling Heritage Area may apply. Eligible activities include lodging, transportation and attendance at workshops, conferences and seminars; portfolios, brochures or marketing materials; and rental of equipment or purchase of supplies required for showing and displaying artwork. This grant is not intended for long-term projects, and projects must have a specific start and end point. One per artist or organization per year.

Who can apply?

Individuals, community and neighborhood groups, local institutions, public entities and private enterprises can apply for grants. Joint ventures and private/public partnerships are encouraged. Applicants need not have nonprofit status. However, applicants must demonstrate that they have the capacity to administer responsibly and account for funds.


Preference is given to activities that align with the Heritage Area Plan for Interpretation or downtown and neighborhood revitalization. Applicants may receive up to $1,000. For example, you may apply for an Education/interpretation grant, as well as Fairs and festivals grant, as long as the total equals $1,000 or less.


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