State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division
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Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (STLPG) manages several grant programs to assist with a variety of historic preservation and community projects focused on heritage preservation. Below is a list of the grant programs managed by the division. The funding for all grants, regardless of program, comes from the Historic Preservation Fund.

The HPF Manual details the requirements of all activities funded by the Historic Preservation Fund. The Grants listed below are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, which was established is to help fund the programs engendered by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA; Public Law 89-665; 54 USC 300301 et seq.) is legislation intended to preserve historical and archaeological sites in the United States of America. All HPF-assisted activities must meet standards set by the Secretary of the Interior. All grantees must comply with the audit requirements.

Formula Grants to States & Tribes

State Historic Preservation Office HPF Grants
Annual Matching Funds based on an apportionment formula to assist in expanding and accelerating State historic preservation activities.

Tribal Historic Preservation Office Grants
The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) provides annually-appropriated funding to Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) to protect and conserve important Tribal cultural and historic assets and sites. The grant funding assists them in executing their historic preservation programs and activities pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act and other relevant laws.

Competitive Grant Programs

African American Civil Rights Grants
Competitive grants that will document, interpret, and preserve the sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens.

Disaster Recovery Grants
Special appropriations assist communities following natural disasters with the hope of saving the remaining historic and cultural resources.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs)
The Secretary of the Interior’s Historic Preservation Initiative for HBCUs was established to identify, and restore those historic structures on HBCU campuses considered to be the most historically significant and physically threatened. It was also established in direct response to the needs of many of the historically black colleges and universities, which faced critical rehabilitation needs, but lacked the resources to repair these buildings.

History of Equal Rights Grants
Funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, the History of Equal Rights grant program aims to preserve sites related to the struggle of all people to achieve equal rights in America.

Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program (formerly the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program - HRSP)
This is a new grant program designed to support the rehabilitation of historic properties in rural communities. Applicants must subgrant awarded funds to eligible projects.

Save America's Treasures
A competitive matching grant program to fund bricks and mortar preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites.

Tribal Heritage Grants (previously Tribal Project Grants)
Competitive matching grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects.

Underrepresented Community Grants
Historic Preservation Fund special appropriation to increase the number of listings in the National Register of Historic Places associated with communities currently underrepresented, including communities including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and LGBT Americans.

Former Grant Programs

Preserve America Grant Program Authorized but not currently funded
A competitive matching grant program to fund designated Preserve America Communities to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. Although the grant program is not funded at this time, the Preserve America program continues to be active through the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Through the Advisory Council's program, a partnership between several federal agencies, communities may still apply for recognition as a Preserve America Community.

Other NPS Preservation Grant Programs

Japanese American Confinement Sites Grants
A competitive matching grant program to fund the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Grants
Grants for museums, Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations to assist in consultation, documentation, and repatriation under NAGPRA.

American Battlefield Protection Program
The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) offers both Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants and Battlefield Planning Grants to a variety of sites located across the United States.