Grants are available from multiple fund sources. Funding opportunities are kept up-to-date below.
- 2018-2019 National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Grant
The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program (NTF) is pleased to announce that there will be $162,000 in grant funds available this year. In collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the NTF will be offering competitive grants ranging between $1000 and $10,000. Funds can be used for preservation and restoration of buildings associated with the Underground Railroad (UGRR) and for interpretation and historical research related to Network to Freedom members. Only Network to Freedom sites, programs, and facilities are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to those listings that have not previously received Network to Freedom grants and to those with matching funds. The grant application and instructions can be found on the ASALH website and are due December 17, 2018.
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) Grants
- The Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. The application deadline for these grants is January 10, 2019 for projects beginning August 15, 2019.
- African American Cultutal Heritage Action (AACHAF) Fund
Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports work in four primary areas: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. Grants made from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000. Letters of intent for the program are due January 15, 2019.
The following material can be of use to visitors and Network to Freedom locations. These materials may be printed for educational purposes and for visitors to learn more. Network to Freedom members can receive professional prints of these items to be distributed. Please contact your regional manager receive printed copies of the documents.
- This interpretive brochure, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, gives visitors a brief overview of the Underground Railroad and the Network to Freedom.
- A route map showing the origins and destinations of freedom seekers. As more routes used by freedom seekers are made known, they will be added to the map.