National Park Service: African American Civil Rights Grant Program
The National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) supports projects to document, interpret, and preserve the sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and fund a broad range of planning, preservation, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair.
Applications are accepted through two separate funding opportunity announcements:
- Physical preservation projects: Preservation projects fund physical preservation of a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act and execute a preservation covenant/easement. Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties.
- History projects: Eligible costs include survey, planning, and documentation of historic sites/events, as well as the creation of interpretive and educational materials around significant sites (including oral histories). Projects must be associated with the African American civil rights movement of the 20th century. Successful applications will emphasize innovative strategies, and creative projects with measurable results, and include cross-generational engagement that promote and preserve the community’s civil rights resources. Projects should involve public-private partnerships and serve as models to communities nationwide.
Amount: Dependent upon project type, as follows:
- Preservation projects must range from $75,000-$500,000 in federal share, of which 10% may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000-$50,000.
- History grant projects must range from $15,000-$50,000 in federal share.
Eligibility: States and territories; federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations; local governments; and non-profit organizations.
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