African American Civil Rights Grants
The African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) documents, interprets, and preserves sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century. The NPS’ 2008 report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites serves as the foundation reference document for the grant program and for grant applicants to use in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. The grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and administered by the NPS. This competitive grant program provides grants to states, tribes, local governments (including Certified Local Governments), and nonprofits. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration. Grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and “bricks and mortar” repair.
Funded Projects Announced
The National Park Service and the Department of the Interior are pleased to announce the FY2017 African American Civil Rights grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. NPS has awarded over $12 million in funding for 51 projects in 24 states that will preserve, document, and highlight sites and storeis associated with the 20th century African American Civil Rights movement. This year, over 140 applications were received, requesting almost $30 million in funding. This is the second year that NPS has awarded grants through the African American Civil Rights grant program, which awarded $8 million in FY2016. FY2018 funding is yet to be determined by Congress.
Funded Projects in 2016