Historic Preservation Fund -- African American Civil Rights (AACR) History Grants

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

The National Park Service’s (NPS) African American Civil Rights Grant Program (AACR) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites and stories of the full history of the African American struggle to gain equal rights from transatlantic slave trade forward. The program funds history and preservation projects using the NPS report, Civil Rights in America, A Framework for Identifying Significant Sites, as a guide in determining the appropriateness of proposed projects and properties. AACR grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of history projects including survey and planning, research and documentation, interpretation and education, and collections conservation. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

There are separate funding announcements for physical preservation projects and for historical research/documentation projects. Funding announcement P23AS00472 is for physical preservation of historic sites only; P23AS00471 is for historical research/documentation/survey/nomination projects. Please ensure you apply under the correct opportunity number for your project.

Deadline: Oct. 10, 2023

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Areas of Interest

Projects must fit one of the categories listed below. If a project overlaps more than one category, select the dominant category. 1. Survey and Planning 2. Research and Documentation 3. Interpretation and Education 4. Collection Conservation

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are State governments, local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations as defined by 54 USC 300300. Grants are not available for sites or collections owned by the NPS.

Amount Description

History projects must range from $15,000 to $75,000 in federal share.

Eligible costs include survey, planning, collections conservation, and documentation of historic sites/events, as well as the creation of interpretive and educational materials around significant sites (including oral histories).

Successful applications will emphasize innovative strategies, creative projects with measurable results, and include cross generational engagement that promote and preserve the sites and stories of the struggle for African American civil rights.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 10, 2023