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Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant

Grants to Multiple USA States Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs
to Preserve Historic Japanese Americans Confinement Sites

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Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)

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11/01/17 5:00 PM MST Receipt


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Grants starting at $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs in multiple states for projects benefitting historically-significant Japanese American confinement sites. Funding may support capital projects, documentation, oral history interview, interpretation and education, preservation, planning, and property acquisition.

Eligible sites are located in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

The term historic confinement sites is defined as the ten War Relocation Authority sites (Gila River, Granada, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz, and Tule Lake), as well as other historically significant locations, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. These sites are specifically identified in Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, published by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Western Archaeological and Conservation Center, in 1999.

Confinement Sites Eligible for Funding:

War Relocation Authority:
-Gila River, Arizona Granada, Colorado
-Heart Mountain, Wyoming
-Jerome, Arkansas
-Manzanar, California
-Minidoka, Idaho
-Poston, Arizona
-Rohwer, Arkansas
-Topaz, Utah
-Tule Lake, California

Citizen Isolation Centers
-Moab, Utah
-Leupp, Arizona

Additional War Relocation Authority Facilities:
-Antelope Springs, Utah
-Cow Creek, Death Valley, California
-Tulelake, California

Assembly Centers and Sites:
-Bainbridge Island/Eagledale Ferry Dock, Washington
-Fresno, California
-Marysville, California
-Mayer, Arizona
-Merced, California
-Pinedale, California
-Pomona, California
-Portland, Oregon
-Puyallup, Washington
-Sacramento, California
-Salinas, California
-Santa Anita, California
-Stockton, California
-Tanforan, California
-Tulare, California
-Turlock, California

Department of Justice Facilities Temporary Detention Stations:
-Angel Island, California
-Cincinnati, Ohio
-East Boston, Massachusetts
-Ellis Island, New York
-San Pedro, California
-Seattle, Washington

Internment Camps:
-Crystal City Internment Center, Texas
-Kenedy Internment Center, Texas
-Kooskia Work Camp, Idaho
-Fort Lincoln, North Dakota
-Fort Missoula, Montana
-Fort Stanton, New Mexico
-Santa Fe, New Mexico
-Seagoville, Texas
-Sharp Park, California
-Tuna Canyon, California

U.S. Army Facilities:
-Camp Florence, Arizona
-Camp Forrest, Tennessee
-Camp Livingston, Louisiana
-Camp Lordsburg, New Mexico
-Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
-Fort Meade, Maryland
-Fort Richardson, Alaska
-Fort Sam Houston, Texas
-Fort Sill, Oklahoma
-Haiku Camp, Maui, Hawaii
-Honouliuli, Hawaii
-Sand Island, Hawaii
-Kalaheo Stockade, Kauai, Hawaii
-Stringtown, Oklahoma

Federal Bureau of Prisons:
-Catalina Federal Honor Camp, Arizona
-Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary, Kansas
-McNeil Island Federal Penitentiary, Washington

The types of projects eligible for funding from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program include the following categories:

-Capital projects: including construction of new interpretive centers, restrooms and interpretive trails.

-Documentation: including identification, research, and evaluation of historic confinement sites; projects may include archeological surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and National Historic Landmark nominations.

-Oral history interviews: including recording, transcribing, digitally processing and sharing the interviews.

-Interpretation and education related to historic confinement sites: projects may include wayside exhibits, creative arts and educational curricula.

-Preservation of confinement sites and related historic resources: projects may include stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, relocation of historic buildings and structures to their original locations, reconstruction of key structures, and collections conservation.

-Planning projects: such as interpretive plans for new exhibits and programs, land use plans, and resource management plans.

-Non-Federal real property acquisition: allowed only with the owner’s written permission at only Heart Mountain, Honouliuli, Jerome, Rohwer, and Topaz, per stipulations of Public Laws 109-441 and 111-88.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176296

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $5,000 Federal share. Over the entire life of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, each applicant may receive no more than $3.8 million total (that is, 10% of the congressionally authorized amount of $38 million).

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed within an established grant period, generally within two years of funding.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In accordance with Public Law 109-441 (120 Stat. 3288), organizations and entities working to preserve historic Japanese American confinement sites and their history, including: State and local agencies, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, State colleges and universities, public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply.

Non-Federal entities who are partnering with Federal agencies that own eligible historic resources may submit applications regarding the Federal property.

Individuals may not apply.

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program does not provide funding for:
-Projects that have already been completed
-Establishment of Friends groups
-Fundraising or the formulation of fundraising plans
-Long-term maintenance, operations, or curatorial work beyond the grant period
-Organizational operations/permanent staff positions
-Land acquisition at sites other than: Heart Mountain, Honouliuli, Jerome, Rohwer, and Topaz.

Pre-Application Information:

Each grant requires a 2:1 Federal to non-Federal match; that is, to receive two dollars of Federal funds at least one dollar non-Federal match is required to be eligible for an award under this Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Eligible non-Federal sources of contributions must be in accordance with 2 C.F.R. § 200.306 and may include: cash, in-kind contributions or services, or materials/supplies/equipment, or *land. The non-Federal match may be raised and spent during the grant period; it does not have to be “in the bank” at the time of the application. (*Note: Land applies only to Jerome, Rohwer, Topaz and Honouliuli per stipulations of Public Laws 109-441 and 111-88.)

Applications must be received by Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 5:00 PM, MST. Note: this is not a postmark date.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline.

All Grant Applicants MUST register in the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to obtain grant funding in Fiscal Year 2018.

The National Park Service anticipates that the grant recipients and projects will be announced in late spring 2018.

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Contact Information:

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

Agency Contact Information:

Kara Miyagishima
12795 W. Alameda Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80228-2838

Questions and Requests Contact Information:
Todd Wilson
12795 W. Alameda Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80228-2838

Grant Coverage Areas:

Confinement Sites in selected states.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Montana;   New Mexico;   New York;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming