Historic Preservation Fund -- African American Civil Rights (AACR) Preservation 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 Preservation Grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. 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 history/research/documentation projects. Funding announcement P23AS00472 is for physical preservation of historic sites only; P23AS00471 is for history/research/documentation projects. Please ensure you apply under the correct opportunity number for your project. 

Deadline: Oct. 10, 2023

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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

Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which no more than 20% of the total budget may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services.

Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $75,000. 

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 10, 2023