Preservation Of Historic Structures On The Campuses Of Historically Black Colleges And Universities (hbcus).


To provide assistance to restore/rehabilitate those historic structures on HBCU campuses considered to be the most historically significant and physically threatened-- the likelihood of loss of the structure if work was not performed as soon as possible to save it. Program was established in direct response to the needs of many historically black colleges and universities, which were presented with critical rehabilitation needs, but lacked the resources to repair these buildings.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Executive Order Executive Order 12232, White House Initiative on HBCU's; National Historic Preservation Act, U.S.C 101.3.e.b.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
National Register listing of properties for which grant assistance be being applied. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The application should include (1) a completed SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance; (2) a concise history of the building and its significance; (3) high quality photographs that clearly depict the present condition of the building (interior and exterior), including damaged areas; photographs should include details of architectural character defining elements, including doors, windows, roof, porches, lobby, corridors, decorative elements, fireplaces, and any additional features addressed in the proposed preservation project; (4) a copy of the information in the National Register of Historic Places; (5) any available architectural analysis and/or assessment of the building; and (6) an Environmental Screening Form.
Award Procedure
Applications and accompanying documentation are reviewed by the National Park Service (NPS) staff in the Southeast Regional Office (SERO) and Washington Office (WASO) for program eligibility. Their recommendations are approved by the Secretary of the Interior through an apportionment process. Grants are awarded by NPS SERO directly to HBCUs.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
30 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
Extensions may be requested by grant recipients within interim progress reports.
How are proposals selected?
(1) Properties of major historical and architectural significance; (2) Properties retaining architectural integrity (the building has not been so altered as to have lost its historic appearance); (3) Properties demonstrating the most critical need for immediate intervention to correct structural and safety defects in order to preserve the building; (4) Applicants demonstrating the ability to complete the project successfully within the established timeline. The timeline shall indicate the start and completion dates for each activity (planning and design, general conditions, mobilization, site preparation, etc.) and the scope of work for the project. The timeline shall strictly adhere to the following guidelines: (a) The project must begin within six months after the grant agreement has been signed. If activities have not begun in accordance with the approved project timeline the grant will be suspended or terminated and the funds recaptured by the National Park Service; (b) 50 percent of the total project shall be completed within 18 months after the signing of the grant agreement (including planning, design, construction documents, and actual treatment of the historic property ); (c) The project scope of work must be completed within 3 years of the start date of the grant agreement. Planning and design shall be completed within 1 year maximum, and the construction phase shall be completed within 2 years maximum. (5) The cost estimates for the project must be estimates for the expenses of eligible activities as defined by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and appear reasonable and necessary for the proposed work. (6) The grant application must be received by NPS by the announced deadline. (7) The proposed plan for intervention with the historic structure should be a technically well planned proposal, and the proposed work should achieve a quality treatment of the historic structure. (8) Does the applicant demonstrate an ability to complete the project in a timely, cost- effective, and professional manner, ensuring the laws and standards are met? (9) Has adequate planning been completed for the project? (10) How much support and participation does the project have from former internees, stakeholders, or the general public?.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for the preservation and restoration of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. All work must comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will have additional reporting requirements as described in the award terms and conditions and in announcement packages at Cash reports are not applicable. Annual interim progress reports and final project report. Financial reports (SF 425). Performance will be monitored to ensure that reports satisfy requirements; moreover, interventions with the historic sites will be periodically inspected to ensure compliance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments” and 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F, “Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and other Nonprofit Organizations.”.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of time is 2 to 3 years. Assistance is released on a reimbursable basis as costs are incurred. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No information provided. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Linda Hall, NPS SERO, (404) 507-5779.
Headquarters Office
Historic Preservation Grants Division, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., (Org. code 2256), Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Email: Phone: (202) 354-2020.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR Part 12; HPF Grants Manual; The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and National, State, and Local Codes.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.