American Battlefield Protection Program Grants

Battlefield Grants

The National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program awards two types of grants:

  • Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants are awarded annually to groups, institutions, organizations, or governments sponsoring preservation projects at historic battlefields. Any battlefield on American soil is eligible for this grant.

  • Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are awarded to state and local governments seeking fee simple acquisition of eligible Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or Civil War battlefield land, or for the acquisition of permanent, protective interests (easements) in Revolutionary War, War of 1812, or Civil War battlefield land. Only Civil War battlefields listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission's (CWSAC) 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields and Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields listed in the 2007 The Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study are eligible for this grant.

The ABPP follows a Programmatic Agreement that establishes Section 106 review processes for both of our grant programs. We advise you to review this Agreement (pdf) prior to preparing an application to either grant program.

Project Review Panels

The American Battlefield Protection Program is looking for federal employees* to serve as volunteers on Merit Review Panels that rate applications for financial assistance to preserve sites of armed conflict in the United States. The panels will take place in spring and early summer of 2021. For more information or to express interest by January 22, please contact ABPP at abpp@nps.gov or by phone at (202) 513-7126.

Merit review panelists serve a critical role in the fair and impartial review of awards by bringing their diverse perspectives and subject matter expertise to the review of all eligible applications according to pre-established criteria. A panelist's commitment includes independently reviewing and scoring application materials (up to 20 applications) and then participating in a one-day, online selection panel to finalize scores and recommendations for award. The overall commitment is typically an aggregate of 15-30 hours.

This is strictly a volunteer effort by federal employees involved in the panels. Any time or salary costs associated with the Merit Review Panel are covered by the rules and descretion of the volunteer's individual park or program.

Merit review panelists' areas of expertise often include but are not limited to archeology, cultural landscape preservation, education, GIS systems, interpretation, research, partnerships, and more. Please include a brief explanation of your areas of expertise if you would like to volunteer.

*Although only federal employees may serve on ABPP Merit Review Panels, they do not need to be employees of the National Park Service.

Last updated: January 15, 2021