Historic Preservation Fund - Semiquincentennial Grants

Funding Agency:
Department of the Interior

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Semiquincentennial Grant Program will preserve cultural resources related to the founding of the nation. These grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and will fund physical preservation of buildings, sites, structures, objects, or historic districts, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match, though match may be considered as a competitive factor.

The purpose of this funding program is to support the physical preservation of a broad variety of cultural resources associated with the founding of America as a nation in commemoration of the country's semiquincentennial (250th anniversary of founding). For the purposes of this grant program, the "founding of the nation" is defined as the period ending December 31, 1800. This end date has been selected to correspond to the election of 1800, the peaceful transfer of power following the contested election between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, which represents a hallmark of democracy and a pivotal moment in American history. The founding of the nation does not have a defined starting period to be inclusive of the many cultures that combined to create the America of today.

Deadline: March 5, 2024

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are State governments, local governments, nonprofits (including non-profit institutions of higher education), 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

Pre-preservation projects must range from $15,000 to $75,000 in federal share. Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000, of which no more than 20% may go toward pre-preservation costs including architectural and engineering services.

Funding Type





Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 5, 2024