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Historic Preservation Grants to Underrepresented Communities

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Park Service


    National Park Service's (NPS) Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) will diversity the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites

    Grant projects must support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. Successful proposals will emphasize creative projects that promote the preservation of a jurisdiction's diverse cultural resources.

    NOTE: Within one year of the completion of the grant, all projects must result in: the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program OR an amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.


    History of Funding

    $750,000 was available in 2020. Previously awarded grantees can be viewed at:

    Additional Information

    Ineligible costs include:

    • Construction of new buildings
    • Acquisition of collections or historic sites
    • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
    • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists)
    • Moving or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
    • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
    • Work performed prior to announcement of award
    • Lobbying or advocacy activities
    • Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
    • Administrative costs may exceed 25% of project budget
    • Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead


    State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division

    State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division
    National Park Service P.O. Box 728
    Santa Fe, NM 87504-0728
    (202) 354-2020
    (202) 371-1794

    Madeline Konz

    Madeline Konz
    1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7360
    Washington, DC 20240

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are limited to: federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Groups, Native Hawaiian Organizations; State Historic Preservation Offices; and Certified Local Governments (which may be county, city, or township governments). Eligible applicants may partner with nonprofits, other local governments, and National Heritage Areas to ensure the broadest inclusion of all communities. 

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by January 11, 2022. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $1,000,000 is available in FY2021. Up to 25 awards ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 each are anticipated. Cost sharing/matching is not required. The project period is 2-3 years.

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