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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal Entities for Preservation Projects Related to Equal Rights

Historic Preservation Fund- History of Equal Rights- Preservation Grants


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CFDA Number: 15.904
Funding or PIN Number: P23AS00474
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Important Dates
Deadline: 07/11/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and tribal entities for the preservation of historic sites related to achieving equal rights. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended for planning and "bricks and mortar" preservation/conservation work on historic buildings and structures.

 The History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) will preserve sites related to the struggle to achieve the ideal of equal rights in America. HER Grants will fund a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures.

Eligible costs for preservation projects include: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. 

What Is Funded - Pre-preservation and Preservation Projects

  • Preservation projects fund physical preservation of a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with relevant laws, such as Section 106 and NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/ easement.
  • Eligible costs: pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifcations, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
  • Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district. Signifcance must be associated with equal rights. Projects that are not listed on the National Register or are not listed in association with equal rights must include a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination as part of their project. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Who May Apply
• States and Territories
• Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314
• Local Governments, including Certifed Local Governments
• Non-profit Organizations

Not Funded
• Construction of new buildings
• Acquisition of collections or historic sites
• Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
• Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a signifcant 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 not be over 25% of project budget
• Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, or overhead

Pre-Application Information
Current Closing Date for Applications: July 11, 2023. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET on the listed application due date.

All applications must be made through No paper applications will be accepted. Registration in,, and other federal systems can take up to four weeks, so please start early. Extensions will not be granted due to incomplete registrations in these systems or applications.

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Number of Grants
The NPS anticipates funding between 8 and 16 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant
Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which 20% 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.

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