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Save America's Treasures Grants


The Federal Save America's Treasures grants program began in 1999 Logo for the Save America's Treasures program and helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations of Americans. Since 1999, there have been almost 4,000 requests for funding totaling $1.54 billion. In response to these requests, $315,152,000 was awarded to 1,287 recipients.

Grants Currently Available

The National Park Service (NPS) announces availability of $5 million in FY2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants for the Save America's Treasures (SAT) program. SAT grants provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. The grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance number for these awards is 15.929.

How do I Apply?

All applications are due through grants.gov by February 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. In order to submit an application, all applicants must be registered with the System for Award Management and have a DUNS number. You should start this process early. Please note, on December 31st, 2017, grants.gov will no longer accept legacy PDF applications and all applications MUST be submitted via Workspace.

Application for Collections Projects

The application for Save America's Treasures grants for collections is available on grants.gov under funding opportunity number P18AS00045.
  1. Review official application instructions by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity available under the link above by selecting the "Related Documents" tab
  2. Download forms to be attached to application available under the link above by selecting the "Related Documents" tab
  3. Complete online application and attach required forms available under the link above by selecting the "Package" tab

Application for Preservation Projects

The application for Save America's Treasures grants for preservation projects is available on grants.gov under funding opportunity number P18AS00044.
  1. Review official application instructions by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity available under the link above by selecting the "Related Documents" tab
  2. Download forms to be attached to application available under the link above by selecting the "Related Documents" tab
  3. Complete online application and attach required forms available under the link above by selecting the "Package" tab

Assistance with the System for Award Management (SAM.gov)

The National Park Service does not maintain and does not offer assistance with use of or registration with SAM.gov. All questions about any issues with SAM.gov should be directed to the Federal Service Desk which provides support Monday-Friday online and over the telephone.

Assistance with Grants.gov

The National Park Service does not maintain and does not offer assistance with use of or registration with grants.gov. All questions about any issues with grants.gov should be directed to the grants.gov support staff.

Assistance with Completing an Application

Please contact our partner, the American Architectural Foundation, for assistance in completing an application. For questions about applications, please contact the National Park Service - State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division staff at 202-354-2020 or by email

Who May Apply?

  • Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c), U.S. organizations
  • Units of state or local government
  • Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations, as defined by 54 USC § 300300
  • Educational institutions
  • Federal agencies funded by the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies with the exception of the National Park Service (NPS).
    • Grants will not be available for work on sites or collections owned by the NPS.
    • Other federal agencies collaborating with a nonprofit partner to preserve the historic properties or collections owned by the federal agency may submit applications through the nonprofit partner.
  • Historic properties and collections associated with active religious organizations

What is Funded?

This program funds preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant historic collections and properties. Collections or historic properties not meeting this criterion will receive no further consideration during the application process.

What is a Collection?

Collections include artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art.

What is a Property?

Properties include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects.

What does Nationally Significant mean?

All projects must be nationally significant. This means that the proposed grant project concerns resources that are:
  • listed as a National Historic Landmark; or
  • listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance; or
  • a collection of national significance
Resources must be either individually listed as a National Historic Landmark or contributing to a National Historic Landmark district. Resources must be either individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or contributing to an historic district that is listed in the National Register for national significance. Collections projects must describe and document the national significance of the collection.

If you are unsure if your property is listed at the national level of significance, contact the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for the state or territory in which the property is located. Contact information for the SHPO can be found at the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. You should start this process early. Unlisted properties are not eligible for this funding program. Properties must be listed prior to the grant application deadline, without exception.

Please note

Individual projects, properties, or collections that have received a SAT grant in the past are not eligible for additional funding. A list of projects funded in the past can be found at American Architectural Foundation.

What is Not Funded?

  • Acquisition (i.e. purchase in fee simple or interest) of collections or historic properties
  • Survey or inventory of historic properties or cataloging of collections
  • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
  • Interpretive or training programs
  • Reconstruction of historic properties
  • Moving historic properties or work on historic properties that have been moved
  • Construction of new buildings
  • Historic structure reports and collection condition assessments, unless they are one component of a larger project to implement the results of these studies by performing work recommended by the studies
  • Cash reserves, endowments or revolving funds
  • Costs of fund-raising campaigns
  • Costs of work performed prior to grant award
  • For Federal agency grantees – Federal salaries, agency overhead, or administrative costs
    Grant Amounts
  • Collections projects – Minimum of $25,000 and maximum $500,000 Federal share.
  • Historic property projects – Minimum of $125,000 and maximum $500,000 Federal share.
Please note that the selection panel may, at its discretion, award less than these minimum grant requests.

How are Projects Selected?

The Save America’s Treasures Grants Selection Panel, made up of federal experts representing applicable preservation and conservation disciplines, will rank applications and make funding recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior. Applications are evaluated using the following criteria.
  • NATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE The historic collection or property must be nationally significant.
  • SEVERITY OF THREAT TO THE HISTORIC PROPERTY OR COLLECTION The collection or historic property must be threatened or endangered, and the application must document the urgent preservation and/or conservation need.
  • HOW EFFECTIVELY THE PROJECT MITIGATES THE THREAT Projects must substantially mitigate the threat and must have a clear public benefit (for example, historic places open for visitation or collections available for public viewing or scholarly research).
  • PROJECT FEASIBILITY The project must be feasible (i.e. able to be completed within the proposed activities, schedule, and budget described in the application), and the application must document adequately the required non-Federal match.

NPS & AAF partners in Preservation!

NPS is pleased to announce the official partnership agreement signed in 2014 with the American Architectural Foundation to promote the Save America's Treasures program. Visit the American Architectural Foundation's website to explore highlighted projects. Through our partnership with AAF, we are pleased to be able to feature grantee accomplishments throughout the United States.

Required Reporting Forms and Instructions should you receive a grant.