Save America's Treasures Grants
The Federal Save America's Treasures grants program began in 1999 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, $340,000,000 was awarded to more than 1,300 recipients.
The National Park Service (NPS) announces availability of $13 million in 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 will be awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. Grants will be 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 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this grant program is 15.929.
Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov by December 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. Please note there are two separate applications: one for preservation projects and one for projects involving collections.
- One for preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or listed as a National Historic Landmark. The property may be listed on either individually or as contributing to a nationally significant district).
- One for projects involving collections (including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art).
How do I Apply?
The application for Save America's Treasures grants for collections is available on grants.gov under funding opportunity number P20AS00004. The application for Save America's Treasures grants for preservation projects is available on grants.gov under funding opportunity number P20AS00005.
What is the minimum and maximum amount of federal funds available for a project?
- Preservation projects - minimum request of $125,000 and maximum $500,000 Federal share.
- Collections projects - minimum request of $25,000 and maximum $500,000 Federal share
- All Federal funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar with non-federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind doncation
- The selection panel may award less than the minimum request.
Who Is Eligible to Apply?
- Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), 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
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.
Individual projects, properties, or collections that have received a SAT grant in the past are not eligible for additional funding. A map of projects funded in the past titled The Impact of the Save America's Treasures Grant Program is available and will show past projects.
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
- 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.
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.
The project must also meet at least one of the following priorities identified by the Department of the Interior: modernizing our infrastructure or restoring trust with local communities.
Required Reporting Forms and Instructions should you receive a grant.