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Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) - Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC)

Grants to USA Historic and Tribal Organizations
to Nominate Historic Properties for National Status

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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) - National Park Service (NPS)

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12/17/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 to USA state historic preservation offices, certified local governments, and tribal, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the inventory, survey, and designation of historic properties and landmarks. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete.

The National Park Service’s (NPS) Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) is intended to diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development or amendment of nominations to the National Register.

For this program they also include:

  • Projects under the eligible program areas as defined by the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA);
  • Administrative costs necessary to complete and administer the grant requirements
  • Survey and Inventory of historic resources to determine eligibility and documentation;
  • Cost for producing a nomination to the National Register of Historic Places (if applicable);
  • Cost for any required audits or financial requests;
  • Cost for the production of a project sign:
  • Costs for public notice of grant opportunity;
  • Costs associated with required training or reporting; and
  • Any other costs as determined eligible by the NPS in accordance with the OMB circulars, NPS policies, and the Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual.

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GrantWatch ID#: 172862

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Number of Grants:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates between 10 and 25 agreements per fiscal year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates the average dollar amount of awards made under this announcement to be $15,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Costs incurred through September 30 of each fiscal year must be billed no later than December 31 of that year.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to State Historic Preservation offices, Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Certified Local Governments.

What is not funded:
- Construction of new buildings
- Acquisition of collections or historic sites
- Conservation of collections, except as part of gathering oral history documentation
- Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
- Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists)
- Moving or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
- Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
- Work performed prior to announcement of award
- Lobbying or advocacy activities
- Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
- Administrative costs may exceed 25% of project budget
- Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead

Costs incurred by the applicant prior to the start date of the period of performance of a signed Federal award are only allowable with written approval by a Financial Assistance Awarding Officer.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through to the National Park Service by December 17, 2019 at 11:49 PM (ET). Applications submitted by other means or not received by the deadline will NOT be considered.

Each applicant (unless exempt under 2 CFR §25.110) is required to:
(a) Be registered in;
(b) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application (currently a DUNS number);
(c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

Application preparation time may take several weeks, so please start the application process as soon as possible.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Megan Brown

National Park Service
State, Tribal, and Local Plans & Grants Division
1849 C Street, NW
Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20240

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming