African American Civil Rights Grant Opportunity

Civil Rights Marchers
Civil rights leaders march from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, 1963

Photo Credit: National Archives

The National Park Service announces availability of grant funding through the African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR). The program will document, interpret, and preserve sites and stories telling the full story of the long struggle for African American civil rights from the transatlantic slave trade onwards. Governmental, tribal, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. The NPS 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, will serve as the reference document in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties.

AACR Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects including survey and inventory, National Register nominations, oral histories and more. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal funding match. Congress has appropriated $24 million in FY2024 funding for History and Preservation projects.

Applications are due September 5, 2024.

Available Grant Funding

Grants are available to fund two types of projects: "history" and "preservation." History grants will support interpretive and research-based projects, while preservation grants will fund planning and "bricks and mortar" preservation/conservation work on historic buildings and structures.

A third Funding Opportunity for preservation projects is also available to members of the African American Civil Rights Network:

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    Last updated: June 6, 2024