Designated National Heritage Area Local Coordinating Entities receive Heritage Partnership Program funds as appropriated by Congress. The funds are distributed through cooperative agreements with requirements for managing, spending, matching, and subgranting. Cooperative Agreements are a type of Financial Assistance instrument in which
the principal purpose of the transfer of money or resource(s) to a non-federal agency is to accomplish a public purpose, and
the National Park Service will be substantially involved in the funded project.
A Cooperative Agreement may provide for either a single project or the accomplishment of various anticipated tasks/projects. A Task Agreement is awarded under an existing Cooperative Agreement and outlines a specific task/project.
Other Federal laws that may apply to heritage area projects include: the National Environmental Policy Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act.
- 2 CFR PART 200 – Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
- Cooperative Agreement Templates are provided by National Park Service using DOI Standard Terms and Conditions | U.S. Department of the Interior
Technical Assistance for National Heritage Area
Goal: This document is to provide information to the National Heritage Areas (NHA) about technical assistance and support that may be available to their organizatons from the NPS NHA Program and other National Park Service (NPS) programs and staff. Click here for a list of online resources and resources resources from NPS staff.
In addition, the National Park Service assists community groups and the public with historic preservation, recreation and improved access to public lands, natural resource conservation, and education and stewardship. Community assistance programs of the National Park Service created a Directory of National Park Service Community Assistance Programs as a short guide to opportunities to receive assistance from the National Park Service. Please see links below for more information:
- Directory of National Park Service Community Assistance Programs (PDF - 4.5MB)
- Summary of National Park Service Community Assistance Programs: National Designations, Grant and Financial Assistance, Project Assistance, Investment & Property Acquisition (PDF - 187KB)
- Summary of National Park Service Community Assistance Programs: Internships, Volunteer Opportunities, Professional Development (PDF - 157KB)
National Heritage Areas (NHA) are granted funding authorities by law. While the federal funding authorization may end, the designation of the NHA continues in perpetuity.
Last updated: June 16, 2023