Underrepresented Communities Application Information

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Since 2014, the NPS has awarded grants to diversify the nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Grant-supported projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites.

The Historic Preservation Fund is supported by revenue from Federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars. 


What We Fund

This grant program supports the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. All funded projects must result in:

  • The submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program, or
  • An amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities

Application packages must be submitted using grants.gov in response to a notice of funding opportunity number under Assistance Listing (formerly CFDA) 15.904.

What is Not Funded

  • Construction of new buildings
  • Preservation work to structures
  • Acquisition of collections or historic sites
  • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
  • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists)
  • Moving historic properties or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
  • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
  • Work performed prior to announcement of award
  • Work on sites or collections owned by the NPS
  • Lobbying or advocacy activities
  • Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
  • Administrative costs plus indirect costs beyond 25% of total project budget
  • Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead

Selection Process

NPS personnel and qualified Federal employees will review all complete proposals using the merit review criteria outlined in the application instructions. Reviewers’ evaluations are based solely on the material provided in the application. Additional materials not specifically required by the application, and materials sent separately from the application, may not be considered. A summary of the review panel comments may be provided to the applicant if requested after the grant process is complete. Matching funds are not required, but may be considered as part of the evaluation process.

Panel recommendations will be made to the Secretary of the Interior who will select successful applicants and forward to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. NPS will conduct risk assessments on all projects prior to funding.

Last updated: March 1, 2022