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National Park Service: African American Civil Rights History Grants

Deadline: October 8, 2018

The African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) documents, interprets, and preserves sites related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The National Park Services’ (NPS’) 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites serves as the foundation reference document for the grant program and for grant applicants to use in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties.

History grants will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. 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. The project must fit one of the categories listed below:

  • Survey and planning
  • Research and documentation
  • Interpretation and education

Amount: A total of $13,000,000 is available to make up to 50 grants. Funding will be split between history projects and preservation projects. History grants will range from $15,000-$50,000 each.

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; federally-recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations; and educational institutions.

Link: https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/civil-rights/

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