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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Advance Historic Site Interpretation and Education

Battlefield Interpretation Grants


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Funding Source
Land and Water Conservation Fund
CFDA Number: 15.926
Funding or PIN Number: P23AS00487
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Important Dates
Deadline: 08/09/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, local and state government agencies, IHEs, and tribal governments and organizations for technological advancements in historic site interpretation and education. Applicants must complete the required registrations prior to applying.

NPS ABPP administers Battlefield Interpretation Grants to provide assistance for projects that deploy technology to modernize and enhance battlefield interpretation and education at Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefield sites eligible for assistance under the Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program established under 54 U.S.C. §308103(b).

Applicants should emphasize partnerships and collaboration among diverse stakeholders in all phases of their project, including but not limited to the active participation of landowners, descendant communities, Indian Tribes, state and tribal historic preservation offices, and nonprofit organizations.

Proposed projects should:

  • Include expertise in content, interpretive and educational methods, and integration of technology at all stages of the project;
  • Convene a project team with a diversity of perspectives and sources of knowledge (disciplinary, cultural, experiential, etc.). To better understand and interpret the past, projects should not rely on a single subject matter expert;
  • Undergo clear, collaborative, and comprehensive scoping with both subject matter specialists and technical specialists prior to technical production;
  • Use technology in ways that foster effective communication with the intended audience(s). Projects may combine multiple forms of technology or traditional interpretive media, and grants may fund stakeholder consultation and audience research to ensure that appropriate platforms and technologies are selected;
  • Define appropriate metrics and strategies for evaluating the project’s effectiveness during and after implementation; and
  • Plan for technological and institutional sustainability. 

Two categories of grants are available for battlefield interpretation projects in different stages:

  • Scoping Grants: These are available to fund the early stages of project development, such as research and content creation, consultation with stakeholders, exploration of available technologies, audience research, and development of technical proposals.
  • Implementation Grants: These are available to applicants who have completed interdisciplinary scoping prior to the application and can provide draft content and design plans. 

As the nation approaches the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, NPS ABPP encourages projects that promote and expand preservation as well as enhance our understanding of the origins of the United States. Special thematic priority will be given to applications that preserve and interpret historic sites associated with the American Revolutionary War as a living part of community life and development. 


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • 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
  • State governments

This program does not provide funding to foreign entities or for projects conducted outside the United States.

Applicants and recipients must not use any federally appropriated funds (annually appropriated or continuing appropriations) or matching funds under a Federal award to pay any person for lobbying in connection with the award.

Pre-Application Information
Due Date for Applications: 08/09/2023
Anticipated Award Date: October 19, 2023

Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on the listed application due date.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline. Application preparation time may take several weeks, so applicants should start the application process as soon as possible.

Identifier and System for Award Management ( Registration: This requirement does not apply to individuals applying for funds as an individual (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization you may own, operate, or work within), or any entity with an exception to bypass registration with prior approval from the funding bureau or office in accordance with bureau or office policy. All other applicants are required to register in prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which replaced the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet in April 2022.

In accordance with 54 U.S.C. § 308104(c), non-Federal cost share in the amount of 50% of the total project costs, or a ratio of 1:1 with the Federally awarded funds, is required to be eligible for an award under this NOFO.

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicant proposals must identify whether they are seeking a Scoping Grant, with a funding level of $20,000-50,000 in Federal share, or an Implementation Grant, with a funding level of $50,000-200,000 in Federal share.

Term of Contract
Scoping Grants: period of performance of 1-2 years
Implementation Grants: period of performance of 2-3 years

Contact Information
American Battlefield Protection Program
1849 C Street, NW, Mail Stop 7228
Washington DC 20240
Telephone: 202-437-2037

For technical registration and submission, downloading forms and application
packages, contact: Customer Support
Numeric Input Field: 1-800-518-4726

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