American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants, authorized by 54 U.S.C. §308103 and 54 U.S.C. §200305, are available to help States and local communities acquire and preserve threatened battlefield land. The ABPP administers these grants using funds appropriated from the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
This grant program allows for the permanent protection of historic battlefield lands through fee simple acquisition or through the purchase of an interest in the land through a preservation covenant. State or local government entities are eligible to apply, and nonprofits may act as subrecipients of grant funds. The grants require a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match.
To be eligible for acquisition, land must be at least 50% within the boundary of one of the 384 battlefields identified in the 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields, or one of the 677 battlefields identified in the 2007 Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Historic Preservation Study. Geospatial data for these boundaries can be downloaded here. The land must also be outside the boundaries of any National Park Service unit legislative boundary. Explore park boundaries online or download data here.
Battlefield Land Acquisition Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The Notice of Funding Opportunity and application materials are available now on Grants.gov.
This page is currently being updated. Please contact ABPP if you have questions or need additional information about eligibility.
Last updated: January 22, 2021