Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants

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The National Park Service accepts annual applications for projects that relate to planning, interpreting, and protecting sites where historic battles were fought on American soil. State, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for battlefield preservation planning grants. Please check this website and in the fall for announcements of future funding competitions.

2020 Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants

On May 15, 2020, the National Park Service announced $1.198 million in Battlefield Preservation Planning Grants for 14 battlefields across 9 states. Read about all of the projects selected here. Examples of this year’s grant projects include:

  • Florida State University: A university in Florida will survey an archeological site believed to be a Spanish mission from the 1600s, a location of conflict between indigenous people and Spanish colonists.
  • Palisades Park Conservancy: A non-profit organization in New York will create a cultural landscape report on the Revolutionary War site of Fort Lee, New Jersey, as the first step toward master planning and revitalizing the site’s interpretation for the 21st century.
  • Clarke County Historic Preservation Commission: A local government in Virginia will conduct historical research on the Civil War Battle of Berryville to draft a nomination for the National Register of Historic Places in support of local preservation planning.

Past 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
2010 Grant Awards
2009 Grant Awards
2008 Grant Awards
2007 Grant Awards
2006 Grant Awards
2005 Grant Awards
2004 Grant Awards
2003 Grant Awards
2002 Grant Awards

Grant Projects
Once a year, the ABPP invites proposals for battlefield preservation projects, which can take place at any battlefield or associated site on American soil. Since 1990, the ABPP and its partners have helped protect and enhance more than 100 battlefields by co-sponsoring over 600 projects in 42 states and territories. Individual project funding has ranged from $5,000 to more than $100,000. The ABPP does not require matching funds or in-kind services for these projects. Eligible applicants include local, state, and Federal government entitites, Native American tribal governments, educational institutions, and private non-profit organizations.

Types of projects that these grants have funded include:

Site Identification and Documentation Projects
- Historical research
- Resource surveys and inventories
- Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
- Cultural landscape reports
- GIS/GPS mapping

Planning and Consensus Building Projects
- Acquisition, strategic, and preservation plans
- Studies of land related to, or adjacent to, protected battlefield lands
- Management, landscape, and stabilization plans
- Interpretation plans
- Preservation advocacy and consensus building within a community

Interpretation or Education Projects
- Brochures
- Interpretive programs
- Educational programs
- Sign development and design

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.

The average ABPP Battlefield Preservation Planning Grant roughly follows the timeline below:

Winter - Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on and application period opens for at least 30 days before applications are due
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
Summer - National Park Service selects and announces projects for award
Early fall - funded projects begin

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.

Last updated: May 26, 2020

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