2021 PTT Call for Proposals

Deadline for submission: Monday, March 15, 2021 5:00 PM, MT

Funding Opportunity Title: 2021 Preservation Technology and Training Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: P21AS00252
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 15.923
Legislative Authority: 54 U.S.C. § 305304 Preservation Grants
Federal Regulations: 2 C.F.R. § 200, 2 C.F.R. § 1402

Program Background Information and Objectives:

2021 Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the National Park Service’s innovation center for the preservation community.

The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. PTT Grants will support the following activities:

  • Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $20,000)
  • Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $20,000)
  • How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)
  • The maximum grant award is $20,000. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity. NCPTT does not fund “bricks and mortar” grants.

Secretary of the Interior Priorities:

This program supports Secretary of the Interior Priority1.a.” Utilize science to identify best practices to manage land and water and cultural resources and adapt to changes in the environment” in the following way, by creating new research, technology, and training to protect and conserve architecture, archeological sites and objects, cultural landscapes, and museum objects. The resulting products can be used to save cultural heritage important to the U.S. The work will lead to innovation in the preservation world.

Pre-Proposal Guidance

Applicants are encouraged to contact NCPTT to discuss their ideas prior to submitting a proposal. NCPTT staff will provide feedback on the degree of fit between the proposed idea and the mission of the grants program, along with suggestions for improving competitiveness. Please contact the expert below that most closely relates to the subject matter of your grant idea.

Archeology & Collections, contact Tad Britt,
Architecture & Engineering, contact Simeon Warren,
Historic Landscapes, contact Debbie Smith,
Materials Conservation, contact Dr. Mary F. Striegel,


Anticipated Federal Funding: $200,000.00
Estimated Number of Agreements to be Awarded: 8-12
Estimated Amount of Funding Available Per Award: An estimated range of $5,000.00 To $20,000.00 of funding is anticipated for each award.
Anticipated Start Date: Projects receiving funding through this Notice of Funding Opportunity will start once funding has been secured and awards have been made. If the project is funded, applicants should expect to be able to begin work no sooner than July 2021.

To Apply

To apply for a PTT Grant, you must follow the instructions in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on

Last updated: February 9, 2021