Apply to the Network to Freedom

Applications are accepted for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program twice a year by January 15 or July 15.The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program uses an application form (linked here). The form must be completed digitally - handwritten forms will not be accepted.

The steps outlined below will assist you in completing your application and navingating the application process.

Contact your Regional Manager

The Network to Freedom team has Regional Managers assigned to support different areas of the United States in documenting Underground Railroad history. They are dedicated to supporting potential new members throughout the application process and beyond. It is best to contact them before beginning the application process and keep in contact with them as you fill out the application to make your submission as strong as possible. You can find contact information for the regional managers on our contact us page, or if you are unsure of who to contact, feel free to email us at network_to_freedom@nps.gov.

Application Instructions

The Network to Freedom Program includes three types of listings:

  • Sites - Places that have a demonstrated and verified association to the Underground Railroad.
  • Facilities - Archives, Libraries, and Research centers with materials that highlight Underground Railroad stories and meet standards of accuracy, professionalism, and accessiblity
  • Programs - Educational and/or Interpretive Program that provides accurate and current information about Underground Railroad history.

Applicants will need to fill out different sections of the application depending on what they are looking to nominate.

The Network to Freedom program has outlined complete application instructions. If you have questions, your regional manager is available to assist you.

Complete your Application

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom program uses an application form (linked here). The form must be completed digitally - handwritten forms will not be accepted. Applications are accepted twice a year by January 15 or July 15.
Regardless of what kind of listing applicants choose to nominate, applicants must have the following information to complete the application:

  • Written permission from the property owner to nominate the potential new listing in the Network to Freedom.
  • A narrative and/or essay describing the potential new listing's connections to the Underground Railroad.
  • High quality photographs of the proposed new listing.
Photograph of the Choptank River in Maryland from a wooden bridge.

Download the Application

Download the application to nominate a site, facility, or program to the Network to Freedom.

Submit Your Application

Applications can be submitted directly to your regional manager via email. Find your regional manager's contact information on our Contact Us page. The form must be completed digitally - handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Last updated: December 17, 2021