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Deadline: July 15, 2016

U.S. Department of the Interior: Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities

Historic Preservation Grant projects will increase the number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places associated with communities currently underrepresented, such as communities including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT Americans. Grant-supported projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with underrepresented communities, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites.

Successful proposals will emphasize creative projects that promote the preservation of the jurisdiction’s diverse cultural resources. The National Park Service (NPS) encourages the development of public-private partnerships and robust community engagement leading to projects that will serve as models to communities nationwide for innovative survey and documentation strategies. The grant application review panel will give special consideration to projects that engage and employ youth, especially those projects with a service-learning component. Within one year of the completion of the grant, all projects must result in:

  • The submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark; or
  • The amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.

Amount: Grants will range from $15,000-$50,000.

Eligibility: State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs), Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Groups, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Certified Local Governments (CLGs). Eligible applicants may partner with nonprofits, other local government jurisdictions, and National Heritage Areas to ensure the broadest inclusion of all communities.

Link: http://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/community-grants.html

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