News Release

National Park Service Awards $750,000 in Underrepresented Community Grants

A three-story building on a city block lit by street lamps before dusk.
The LeDroit Building in Washington, DC. As one of this year’s grant recipients, the Washington DC State Historic Preservation Office will create a historic context study of sites in the District of Columbia related to women’s history.

Photo courtesy of Jason Hornick, DC Preservation League.

News Release Date: July 7, 2020


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service today announced it has awarded $750,000 in Underrepresented Community Grants to support the identification and nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places. The Underrepresented Community grant program focuses on documenting the homes, lives, landscapes, and experiences of underrepresented peoples who played a significant role in national history. FY 2019 grants will help fund 18 projects to eight states, six tribes, two local governments, the District of Columbia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Federal oil and gas revenues from the Outer Continental Shelf provide the lion’s share of deposits into the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which is the source of funding for Underrepresented Community grants.

“These competitive grants will help diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places," said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the Director. “They will provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments to identify and preserve sites that will convey a more complete history of our country.”

Examples of projects selected for FY 2019 funding include a historic landscape nomination in the first underrepresented community grant awarded to the Federated States of Micronesia; a historic context study of women’s history in the District of Columbia; documentation of slavery in Massachusetts; and nominations of significant tribal sites in California and Washington.

Applications for $750,000 in FY 2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020. Eligible applicants include state and tribal historic preservation offices and certified local governments.

For more information about the grants and the Underrepresented Community Grant Program, please visit

Underrepresented Community Awards:






Graton Rancheria Tolay Lake Nomination

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria



Valley Cemetery Survey and Nomination

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians


District of Columbia

Historic Context Study of Women’s History and Suffrage in DC

District of Columbia Office of Planning



The Newtown Conservation Historic District

City of Sarasota


Federated States of Micronesia

Mahkontowe: A Micronesian Landscape Nomination

Federated States of Micronesia National Government



Porter-Phelps-Huntington House and Phelps Farm National Register Update

Commonwealth of Massachusetts



Historic Context Study of Asian American Communities in Maryland

Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Historical Trust



National Register Nominations for the Orsel & Minnie McGhee House and the Sojourner Truth Homes Public Housing Complex

Michigan Strategic Fund



Natchez Outbuilding Multiple Property Submission

Mississippi Department of Archives and History


New York

LGBT Site Nominations Project Phase 4: Nomination of Women’s History Sites

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation



Survey and Inventory of Sac and Fox Nation sites for National Register Nominations

Sac and Fox Nation



Oregon Statewide African American Multiple Property Submission

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department



Northwestern Shoshone Survey and Inventory Project

The Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation



Survey and National Register Nominations for Seatack and L & J Gardens

City of Virginia Beach, Virginia



Filipino American Statewide Context and Survey

Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation



Stillaguamish Mount Higgins National Register Nomination

Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians of Washington



Stockbridge Meetinghouse and National Register Update Project

Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Wisconsin



African American Historic Context for Wyoming as a Multiple Property Documentation Form

Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office






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Last updated: July 7, 2020