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Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants

Grants to USA Agencies, Tribal Governments, Educational
Institutions, and Nonprofits to Preserve Eligible Historic Sites

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National Park Service, Department of the Interior

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02/12/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants to USA agencies, tribal governments, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations to plan, interpret, and protect the locations of historic American battles. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended for projects addressing historic battlefields and sites associated with armed conflict on American soil.

Program Background Information and Objectives:

  • The American Battlefield Protection Program supports the identification, research, evaluation, interpretation, and protection of historic battlefields and associated sites on a national, state, and local level.
  • Projects must relate to planning, interpreting, and protecting historic battlefields and sites associated with armed conflict that shaped the growth and development of the United States, in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from the ground where Americans made their ultimate sacrifice.

Secretary of the Interior Priorities: 

  • This program supports the following Secretary of the Interior Priorities:
    • Foster relationships with conservation organizations advocating for balanced stewardship and use of public lands.
    • Expand the lines of communication with Governors, state natural resources offices, Fish and Wildlife offices, water authorities, county commissioners, Tribes, and local communities.
  • The program supports the priorities listed above by providing financial and technical assistance to conservation or preservation organizations as well as state, local, and tribal governments for projects and partnerships related to local and regional community needs and interests. Grant funds support battlefield planning, interpretation, and protection projects.

Successful applicants typically emphasize partnerships and collaboration among diverse stakeholders in all phases of their projects. Stakeholders, potential partners, and collaborators can include, but are not limited to landowners, descendant communities, Indian tribes, State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and non-profit organizations. NPS ABPP encourages proposals that explore the full diversity of the American experience by including merit review criteria that allocate points for the identification and preservation of underrepresented sites and stories of armed conflict.

Proposed projects must contribute to the preservation of one or more historic places associated with an armed conflict. In addition to battlefields and sites of collective violence, projects may focus preservation efforts on “associated sites” under one of the themes found on page 9-10 of the NOFO. See Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148843

Number of Grants:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates approximately 20 agreements under this NOFO. The actual number of awards will depend on the number of meritorious applications and the availability of appropriated funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of funding available per award for this NOFO will be determined as part of the application review process based on applications received and funding made available through appropriations. Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates an estimated range of $30,000 to $150,000 for most awards.

Term of Contract:

Agreement terms for funded projects are estimated to last two years, depending on the negotiated project statement of work. However, applicants may propose a three-year term if access to the project site or necessary resources (archives, laboratories, etc.) are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and will require an extended timeline for the scope of work.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

Additional Information on Eligibility: Native Hawaiian organizations including any organization that serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians, has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians, and has expertise in Native Hawaiian affairs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar series:
- 2021 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant Overview, November 10, 3:00 PM EST and December 10
- Amplifying Indigenous Voices in Battlefield Preservation, November 17, 3:00 PM EST and December 9
- How Armed Conflict can build a Community: African American History and the search for a more inclusive approach to battlefield preservation, November 18, 2:00 PM EST and December 8

View webinar recordings:

Questions? Talk to a grant specialist during office hours:
Staff will be ready to talk through your questions about eligibility, what can and cannot be funded, how to apply, and to discuss your ideas for potential projects. Schedule your call to ensure availability by emailing, or just call during these hours, no appointment required. Please contact to find other times to talk.

- Wednesdays, 11 AM - 5 PM Eastern time: December 16, January 13, and February 3, at (202) 513-7126
- Fridays, 9 AM - 3 PM Eastern time: December 11, January 15, and February 5, at (202) 354-2035

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications are due February 12, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline. Application preparation time may take several weeks, so start the application process as soon as possible. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for award. If it is determined that a proposal was not considered due to lateness, the applicant will be notified during the selection process.
- Estimated date of Federal Award: May 2021
- Estimated date of notifying successful and unsuccessful applicants: May 2021

Non-Federal cost sharing is not required to be eligible for an award under this NOFO. Voluntary committed cost sharing will not be used as a factor during the merit review of applications.

Each applicant (unless exempt under 2 CFR §25.110) is required to:
(a) Be registered in SAM;
(b) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application (currently a DUNS number);
(c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

View recording from NPS Connected Conservation series: Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants as a Partnership Tool:

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Direct Questions and Requests to:

National Park Service
Battlefield Preservation
Planning Grants Staff
Address: 1849 C St NW, MS 7228
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-513-7126

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