FW: History of Equal Rights (HER) Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2023

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Ringler, Katrina [KSHS]

Apr 14, 2023, 11:18:22 AM4/14/23
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History of Equal Rights Grants Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2023

Applications due July 11, 2023


LeMoyne House


LeMoyne House – designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service - Southern façade perspective. Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown.

The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for the History of Equal Rights (HER) grant program. Before applying, please make sure that you have read and understand the limitations of each funding program and have carefully reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains all the information you will need to create a successful application.

Congress has appropriated $5 million for the HER program. Grant projects fund physical preservation or pre-preservation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of equal rights for any American.

What is Funded:

  • 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.
  • 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 specifications, 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. Significance 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.

What is not Funded:

  • Construction of new buildings
  • Acquisition of collections or historic sites
  • Conservation of collections
  • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
  • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists or was removed)
  • 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, and overhead

Applications are due July 11, 2023. 




Funding Opportunities Coming Soon

Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant Program

URC thumbnailThis program supports the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places. Projects must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark Program, or an amendment to an existing nomination to include underrepresented communities. Congress has appropriated $1.25 million for this program in FY2023. Applications are anticipated spring of 2023. Starting in FY2023, URC will be accepting applications from nonprofit entities. 

Learn more about the Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant Program


African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program

AACR thumbnailThis program preserves and protects sites associated with the struggle for equality from the transatlantic slave trade forward. Projects are split into two categories: physical "preservation projects" and "history projects." "Preservation" grants are for the repair of historic properties. "History" grants are for more interpretive work, like exhibit design or even historical research. Congress has appropriated $24 million for this grant program in FY2023. Applications are anticipated spring of 2023. 

Learn more about the African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program 


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The Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for our FY23 programs are anticipated spring through fall 2023. We recommend applicants set up a saved search on Grants.gov for CFDA 15.929 for Save America's Treasures and 15.932 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and 15.904 for all other programs to be notified when the opportunity becomes available. Here are instructions on setting up a saved search on Grants.gov Subscribe to Saved Searches (grants.gov)

The application period is typically 90 days. Therefore, the deadline to apply will be 90 days after the NOFO is posted to Grants.gov. Because the window to apply for funding is limited, we encourage applicants to plan well ahead of the deadline. Information on applying to all our programs is available through our website year-round: State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (nps.gov)


State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants 

State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants (STLPG) Division of the National Park Service manages eleven competitive and formula grant programs funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Our grant programs assist with a variety of historic preservation projects through partnerships with State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, local communities, and preservation organizations across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, 5 territories, and the 3 Freely Associated States.




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