In October 2000, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Act, Public Law 106–291, the Network to Freedom Grants program was established to provide support for "preservation and related research" to members of the Network to Freedom. Funds for these matching grantshave been appropriated four times—fiscal years 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008. In total, 79 grants have been awarded for almost 1.9 million dollars. No grant funds were appropriated in 2003, 2004, 2007, and 2009 to present. In 2012 and 2014, the Network to Freedom was able to use some operational funding to support competitively selected projects. In these two years, 36 projects were funded for $186,700.