National Park Service: African American Civil Rights Preservation Grants
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.
Preservation grants fund physical preservation of a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties.
Amount: A total of $13,000,000 is available to make up to 50 grants. Funding will be split between preservation projects and history projects. Preservation projects will range from $75,000-$500,000. Grants that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000-$50,000.
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. Properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district whose significance is associated with African American Civil Rights in the 20th century. Projects not listed on the National Register or are not listed in association with African American Civil Rights in the 20th Century must submit a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination prior to the end of the grant project.
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