Battlefield Interpretation Grants (BIG) empower recipients to modernize and enhance battlefield education and interpretation – to inspire wonder, understanding and empathy at the places that witnessed some of our nation’s most challenging events. This grant program encourages the use of technology to connect with visitors through videos, mobile apps, interpretive signs, augmented reality and more.
BIG applications are accepted on an annual basis, usually at the beginning of the year. Each spring, ABPP staff evaluate the applications for completeness and a Merit Review panel ranks the applications based on the eligibility requirements in the Notice of Funding Opportunity. During summer the National Park Service selects and announces projects for the award.
ABPP administers Battlefield Interpretation Grants using funds appropriated from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
BIGs are authorized by 54 U.S.C. §308104
- State, local and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education can apply.
- Eligible projects focus on Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefield sites listed in ABPP's Battlefield Reports below.
- Grants may not be used for the acquisition of property or services of direct benefit to the Federal government, including support of the day-to-day operations of a Federal agency.
- The grants require a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match.
- ABPP will give special thematic priority to applications that preserve and interpret historic sites associated with the American Revolutionary War in advance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026.
Please contact ABPP if you have questions or need additional information about eligibility or this year's anticipated timeline.
What We Fund
You tell us! Possible examples include:
- Exhibit and signage
- Digital and audiovisual media
- Mobile games and experiences
- 3D Documentation and modeling
- Community engagement, education and interpretive programs using technology
- Participatory research, transcription, and archiving
- An interdisciplinary team
- Multiple sources of knowledge
- Comprehensive scoping and planning
- Appropriate methods for the intended audience
- Evaluation strategies
- Planning for sustainability
Revolutionary War & War of 1812 Report
Find eligible Rev. War and War 1812 battlefields
Nation's Civil War Battlefields Report
Find eligible Civil War battlefields
Battlefield Geospatial Data
Download geospatial data to access eligible battlefield boundaries
National Park Service Geospatial Data
Download geospatial data to access National Park Service legislative boundaries
Learn more about how to apply to for BIGs from this 2021 webinar
Learn more about how to apply to for BIGs from this 2022 webinar
Last updated: August 10, 2023