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Arizona Preservation Foundation’s Digital Innovation Grant is open again!

The Arizona Preservation Foundation, through support from the Johnson Historical Museum of the Southwest, is offering competitive rapid deployment grants (up to $500) to HISTORIC PRESERVATION organizations in Arizona to develop digital content delivery tools. Grant recipients must make the project available to the public and allow the project to be promoted by APF. Applications may be submitted at any time for review by the APF Board of Directors until the fund is exhausted. In honor of the grant being open, we are sharing some of our previous recipients and what they have accomplished. To get those ideas rolling on what your organization might do, read what others have done before you.

First is Mesa Preservation Foundation. Mesa Preservation Foundation works to preserve historic structures, homes, public and commercial buildings to strengthen our communities by encouraging appreciation of our heritage, building a sense of place, and grounding economic development around irreplaceable local elements. They used the grant to work on their YouTube channel to share Foundation activities with the public, and videos that portray Mesa’s evolution by converting analog material to digital for upload. Check out their YouTube channel here.

Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation preserves Tucson’s unique architectural and design heritage. They used the grant to assist in purchasing photographic equipment to create their virtual tours of historic buildings. These virtual tours are available on their 2020 and 2021 Modernism Weeks’ sites which can be accessed here.

Cave Creek Museum collects, preserves, and interprets the natural history and cultural heritage of the northern Sonoran Desert. They used the grant to launch their YouTube Channel and Google Classroom and hire a local professional production company to create short educational videos on their history, environment, and archaeological resources. Check out their YouTube here.

The Museum Association of Arizona exists to build a vital museum community. They strengthen all of Arizona’s museums, so they are recognized as essential to the fabric of their communities. They do this through professional development, advocacy, and the creation of network opportunities across the state. They used the grant to improve their website by adding a page which brings together information about the online resources available from Arizona museums. These materials can be accessed here.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is dedicated to preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West for future generations, and inspiring society through an understanding and experience of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture, and design. They used the grant to purchase presentation equipment to convert the curriculum for their Art and Architecture Summer Camps, for kids from 7-17 years old, in an all-new online environment. To learn more about their education opportunities, read here.

The Heritage Square Foundation has operated to preserve the buildings, stories, and history of the oldest remaining residential block of the original townsite of Phoenix. They used the grant to purchase equipment to record performances and events that take place there. These videos and more can be seen on their Facebook (@HeritageSquarePHX) and YouTube here.

Our first recipient of this round of the Digital Innovation Grant is Naco Heritage Alliance! For twenty years dedicated volunteers have put together a patchwork of funding to preserve Camp Naco, which is a natural center for the preservation of the history of the Buffalo Soldiers on the southern border of the US, as well as the period of the Mexican Revolution and Germany's intrigue before and during World War I. Their plan for the grant is to purchase rights to use historic photos to assist with their upcoming story map introducing Camp Naco to the public, with a release goal of June. The story map will be available on the AZGeo platform and the websites of the Naco Heritage Alliance’s supporters. We look forward to seeing all they accomplish. For more information on Camp Naco they have an article here.

Apply now at this link. We look forward to seeing your ideas!

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