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Maritime Heritage Grant Application Information

Funding Opporunities | Application Package | Maritime Grant Project Compliance | Laws, Regulations, Standards, Guidelines | Frequently Asked Questions

The restored Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station on Hatteras Island, NC
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station.
Restored using 1998 grant funds.
Photo courtesy of Chicamacomico
Historical Association.


Funding Opportunities

Beginning with FY 2022 there were separate Notices of Funding Opportunities for education projects and preservation projects. Eligible prime grantees (applicants) submitted subgrant program designs under one, or both, of the two Notices of Funding Opportunities. For both types of funding opportunities - education and/or preservation - the National Maritime Heritage Grants Program provided funding to prime grantees as a single grant that was then re-granted in smaller amounts to individual projects. These individual projects were subgrants. Prime grantees designed and administered competitive subgrant programs that met the overall program objectives of the National Maritime Heritage Grant program; they also set additional, specific priorities.

Whether submitting an application to one or both of the Funding Opportunity project areas, prime grantees (applicants) determined the focus and criteria for the competitive subgrant program they wished to administer and described this program in the application submitted to the National Park Service (NPS). Successful prime grantees implemented their own application process and project selection criteria for choosing which subgrant projects were funded. Prime grantees also funded “in house” projects. Subgrant projects were awarded competitively.

FY 2022 Preservation Notice of Funding Opportunity P22AS00347
FY 2022 Education Notice of Funding Opportunity P22AS00355


Application Package

A complete application package must include:

  • completed National Maritime Heritage Program Grant application form
  • appropriate attachments
  • completed SF-424
  • completed SF-424(a)
  • any additional forms as necessary

Incomplete application packages will not be accepted or considered.

Submitting a National Maritime Heritage Grant application

All National Maritime Heritage Grant application packages must be submitted through www.grants.gov. Please do not email an application package to the NPS, it will not be accepted.

Grant Application Form and Manual

The National Maritime Heritage Grant application form and the grant manual are made available online when a new grant cyle is announced. The form and manual are specific to the National Park Service and are updated for each new grant cycle. The application form is used for both education and preservation project proposals.

The National Maritime Heritage Grant application form is specific to this NPS program. When complete, it must be attached to and submitted with the SF-424, SF-424(a), and any other forms and attachments as necessary.

Standard Form 424 (SF-424)

SF-424, SF-424(a), and any other forms as needed must be included with the grant application package before submitting it to grants.gov. The SF-424 and its secondary forms are available only on www.grants.gov

Required Forms

The following two standard forms are required for all National Maritime Heritage Grant application packages:

  • SF 424 - Application for Federal Assistance (required for all projects)
  • SF-424a - Non-Construction Budget (required for all projects)

Additional Forms as Needed

Additional forms are required depending on whether a grant proposal is for a preservation project or an education project:

  • SF-424b - Non-Construction Assurances (required for education projects)
  • SF-424c - Construction Budget (only necessary if using grant funds for preservation projects)
  • SF-424d - Construction Assurances (only necessary if using grant funds for preservation projects)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.
    National Maritime Heritage Grant Program staff will contact the applicant if this form is needed.

For more application information please visit our FAQ page.

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Maritime Grant Project Compliance

Section 106 Compliance

Preservation projects funded by National Maritime Heritage Grants are considered undertakings under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Because of this, some projects may require Section 106 compliance.

For National Maritime Heritage Grant projects, Section 106 compliance is governed by a Programmatic Agreement (2008) among the National Park Service (NPS), the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), and the National Council of State Historic Preservation Officers (NCSHPO).


Although most projects requiring Section 106 compliance will be for preservation, all applicants must consult with their State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) and/or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) about whether or not Section 106 compliance is necessary for their education or preservation project.


For projects in Hawaii, please also contact the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for a list of Native Hawaiian Organizations that may need to be notified of projects that could affect historic properties.

It is essential that applicants consult with their SHPO and/or THPO early in the grant application process about Section 106 compliance before submitting a National Maritime Heritage Grant application package. The NPS, SHPOs, and THPOs will assist applicants with Section 106 requirements if applicable.

For more information about Section 106, please see the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's Citizens Guide to Section 106 Review.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Compliance

All National Maritime Heritage Grant projects must comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The NEPA process is outlined in the Maritime Heritage grant application form. All applicants will be asked to answer a series of questions about how or if their project may affect the environment. If a project is selected for funding, Maritime Heritage Grants staff will advise applicants of any NEPA requirements as necessary. Any NEPA review will be concluded prior to funds being obligated.

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Laws, Regulations, Standards, Guidelines

All projects receiving a National Maritime Heritage Grant are required to adhere to certain federal laws, regulations, and standards. For links to various federal laws and regulations relating to historic preservation visit the NPSFederal Historic Preservation Laws, Regulations, and Orders website.

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for: National Register of Historic Places: HABS/HAER/HALS Guidelines NPS Maritime Heritage Program Partnership Publications Back to Top


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have other questions? Need help? Please visit our FAQ page for answers to questions such as:

  • What's a Maritime Resource?
  • What's Funded?
  • Who May Apply for a Maritime Grant?
  • How do I Apply?
  • What's the Application Process?
If you have other questions not answered by the FAQs, please contact the National Maritime Heritage Grant Staff by email at maritime_grants@nps.gov.

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The USS Blueback exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

The USS Blueback interpretive exhibit in the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry lobby.
The exhibit was developed under a 2016 National Maritime Heritage Grant.