Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants

planning grants

The National Park Service is currently reviewing proposals and will announce awards in summer 2021. The next funding competition is anticipated to open in late fall 2021.

What We Fund

Battlefield preservation planning grants can help preserve any battlefield or associated site on American soil, funding projects that relate to planning, interpreting, and protecting historic battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts. State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Typical awards range from $30,000-$150,000 and do not require matching funds. Since 1990, grant recipients have helped protect and enhance more than 100 battlefields with more than 600 funded projects in 42 states and territories.

Place-Based Projects:
Eligible projects must focus on planning, interpreting, and protecting battlefields and other sites associated with armed conflicts that shaped the growth and development of the United States. “Armed conflicts” are defined as periods of collective violence that are characterized by specific events and bounded in time (e.g. Battle of Harlem Heights, “the Pequot War,” or “the Sand Creek massacre”), rather than broad cross-cutting themes throughout American history (e.g. “violence against Indigenous peoples”).

In addition to battlefields and sites of collective violence, projects may focus preservation efforts on “associated sites” under one of the following themes:

  • Military: sites directly associated with military forces on land or sea
  • Government, Law, Politics, and Diplomacy: sites associated with decision-making, policy creation, political process, and diplomatic relations during periods of armed conflict
  • Intellectual History: sites associated with the publication or propagation of ideas and values that influenced the social, political, economic, and military actions and policies during periods of armed conflict
  • Economics of War: sites associated with economic activities that contributed to battle, fighting, or war efforts
  • Society: sites associated with home front, civilian conduct during periods of armed conflict
  • Transportation: Sites associated with moving people, goods, and information during periods of armed conflict

Preservation activities, including but not limited to:

  • Consultation and partnership building
  • Collections stewardship
  • Education
  • Historical documentation and nominations to historic registers
  • Exhibitions, media, and signage
  • Planning
  • Public programs and outreach
  • Survey and inventory
  • Terrestrial and underwater archeology

The ABPP Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants do not fund land acquisition or capital improvement projects. For more information on acquisition grants visit the Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants web page.

To learn more, view slides from our 2021 webinar series:


Timeline
The tentative timeline for the 2021 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant cycle is:

Winter - Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on
grants.gov and application period opens for at least 30 days
Spring - ABPP staff evaluate applications for completeness and eligibility, a panel ranks applications based on merit review, project activities and budgets are evaluated and may be adjusted with top applicants
Early summer - National Park Service selects and announces projects for award; funded projects begin

Contact
Please contact the
ABPP if you have questions about this grant program. The ABPP encourages potential applicants to contact staff to discuss proposed projects before preparing an application.

Past Awards

2020 Grant Awards
2019 Grant Awards
2018 Grant Awards
2017 Grant Awards
2016 Grant Awards
2015 Grant Awards
2014 Grant Awards
2013 Grant Awards
2012 Grant Awards
2011 Grant Awards
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2005 Grant Awards
2004 Grant Awards
2003 Grant Awards
2002 Grant Awards

Last updated: February 25, 2021