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African American Civil Rights Program (AACR) - Preservation Grants

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National Park Service (NPS) - Historic Preservation Fund (HPF)

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12/01/21 11:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, school districts, and Native American tribal entities to protect historic buildings and sites. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support projects to document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens.

The NPS 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, will serve as a guide in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. AACR Preservation Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of history projects for historic sites including: survey and inventory, National Register nominations, oral histories and more. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

There are separate funding announcements for physical preservation projects and for historical research/documentation projects. Funding announcement P21AS00431 is for physical preservation of historic sites only; P21AS00432 is for historical research/documentation/survey/nomination projects. There is a new Historic Equal Rights grant program under P21AS00430 for physical preservation only of sites involved in the struggle for All American’s civil rights.

Grants fund physical preservation of historic sites to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.

Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark, either individually or as contributing to a district, whose significance is associated with African American civil rights and the struggle for equality. Projects not listed in the National Register or not listed in association with African American civil rights must prepare or amend a nomination as part of the grant project.

Program Requirements can be found on page 7 of the NOFO. See Attached Files, below.

Eligible Costs can be found on page 8 of the NOFO.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175932

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 55. Based on prior years, the NPS anticipates funding between 30 and 70 projects from FY2020 funding.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $500,000 in federal share. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $50,000.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • 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
  • Nonprofits that do not have 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are State governments, local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations as defined by 54 USC 300300. Grants are not available for sites or collections owned by the NPS.

What Is Not Funded:
- Construction of new buildings;
- Acquisition of collections or historic sites;
- Conservation of collections (Refer to African American Civil Rights History Grants NOFO);
- Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period;
- Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists);
- Moving historic properties 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 receipt of grant funding;
- Work on sites or collections owned by the NPS;
- Lobbying or advocacy activities;
- Costs for work already completed or funded through other programs;
- Administrative costs may not be over 25% of project budget; and
- Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due December 1, 2021. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET on the listed application due date.

Anticipated Award Date: June 01, 2022

Application preparation time may take several weeks. 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 after the selection process.

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: No
Non-Federal cost share is not required for this agreement but may be considered as a competitive factor. Applicants should consider the addition of match as a part of a concise and well-defined project that might be part of or a phase of a much larger project.

Obtain a DUNS Number: Request a DUNS Number through the Dun & Bradstreet website. For technical difficulties, send an email to the D&B SAM Help Desk. Please ensure that you are able to receive emails from The “Obtain a DUNS Number” webpage also provides detailed instructions. Once assigned a DUNS number, your organization must maintain up-todate information with Dun & Bradstreet. Applicants must enter their DUNS number in the “Organizational DUNS” field on the SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance form.

Register with the System for Award Management (SAM): Register on the website. “Help” tab on the website contains User Guides and other information to assist you with registration. The Register with SAM page also provides detailed instructions. You can also contact the supporting Federal Service Desk for help registering in SAM. Once registered in SAM, entities must renew and revalidate their SAM registration at least once every 12 months from the date previously registered. Entities are strongly encouraged to revalidate their registration as often as needed to ensure their information is up to date and reflects changes that may have been to the entity’s DUNS or IRS information.

Prior to application submission, U.S. state and local government applicants should visit the OMB Office of Federal Financial Management website and view the “State Point of Contact (SPOC) List” to determine whether their application is subject to the state intergovernmental review process under Executive Order (E.O.) 12372 “Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.” If your state is on the list, contact the designated entity for more information on the state’s prior review requirements for Federal assistance applications.

Projects not listed in the National Register or not listed in association with African American civil rights must prepare or amend a nomination as part of the grant project.

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