Preserve America Grants

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The Preserve America program seeks to create a greater shared knowledge about the nation's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the country's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.

Preserve America Grants

The Preserve America program has two parts: grants and community designations. Grant funds from the Historic Preservation Fund were awarded from 2006 to 2009.The Preserve America matching-grant program provided funding to designated Preserve America Communities to support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning. The program has awarded $21,242,661 to a total of 280 grant projects.

Although not currently funded, the program is authorized in legislation. Grants were awarded to designated Preserve America Communities and Neighborhoods, State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and Certified Local Governments.

The Preserve America grant program is not currently funded. This means that there is no funding available for grants. No application is available for funding because there are no funds to award.

When Will Funding Be Available?

Funding for grants under this program will only be available if Congress appropriates money for it. Unless or until this happens, the grant program is not active.

Preserve America Communities

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation designates Preserve America Communities and works with the First Lady to present the Preserve America Presidential Awards. Community designations recognize localities that support preservation efforts through heritage tourism, education, and historic preservation planning.

Past Funded Preserve America Grant Products

If you are interested in learning more about what the Preserve America grant program funded (when funding was available), explore the list below to see a selection what of those grants produced.


This list is not comprehensive and inclusion does not imply endorsement.

Source: Data Store Collection 3662. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

More Information About Heritage Tourism

To learn more about the ways that the National Park Service is connected to the preservation of historic sites nationwide, check out the links below.

Last updated: September 28, 2021