FW: Funding Now Available for Survey and Designation of Underrepresented Communities (URC)

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Katrina Ringler [KSHS]

May 30, 2024, 6:46:22 PMMay 30
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State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants

Underrepresented Communities (URC) 

FY2024 Grant Opportunity - P24AS00525 


Kchi Pôntegok: Revisiting the Historic Landscape of the Bellows Falls Petroglyphs in Bellow Falls, Vermont. 

Photo courtesy Brattleboro Reformer/Kris Radder.

As we continue to celebrate Historic Preservation Month, we are excited to announce the availability of $1.25 million in Underrepresented Communities grants from the Historic Preservation Fund!

The National Park Service (NPS) is now accepting applications for the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC). URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), administered by the NPS, and work towards diversifying listings in the National Register of Historic Places. Projects include surveys and nominations of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register.


Since 2014, the NPS has awarded $7.5 million in grants to diversify the National Register of Historic Places. Congress has appropriated $1.25 million for the 2024 URC Grant Program.

Applications will be due August 29, 2024


Available Grant Funding


Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match. Eligible applicants are limited to State Historic Preservation Offices, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages/Corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations (as defined by 54 USC 300309, 54 USC 300313, 54 USC 300314), Certified Local Governments, and nonprofit organizations. 


This grant program supports the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. NPS takes a broad view on the definition of underrepresented and looks for that case to be made in the application.


All funded 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 National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities

More information and applications for this year's URC Grants via Grants.gov P24AS00525.




The Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for our FY2024 competitive programs will be spring through fall 2024. To be notified when this year's opportunities become available, please go to Grants.gov and subscribe to a saved search for CFDA 15.929 for Save America's Treasures (SAT), 15.932 for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), and 15.966 for all other competitive programs. You can create a saved search on grants.gov under the “Connect” menu. The application period is 60-90 days from the time the NOFO is posted on Grants.gov. Because the window to apply for funding is limited, we encourage all applicants to plan well ahead of the application deadline. Information on applying to all of our competitive programs is available through our website year-round. Registration in Grants.gov, SAM.gov, 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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