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National Park Service: African American Civil Rights History Grants

Deadline: September 29, 2017

The African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories 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 Grant 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. The project must fit one of the categories listed below:

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

Grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and “bricks and mortar” repair.

Amount: A total of $4,210,000 is available to make up to 50 grants that range from $15,000-$50,000 each. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration.

Eligibility: States and territories; federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations; local governments; and nonprofit organizations.

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

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