Historic Preservation Fund Grants-in-Aid for Competitive Grants


The objectives of the competitive grant programs under this Assistance Listing are broad but are all generally intended to provide funding to document and preserve cultural resources that are important to American history. Following Congressional guidance, specific grant programs emphasize social, cultural, or historic themes and target funding to historic events like the struggle for civil and equal rights in the United States, documenting and preserving the stories of underrepresented communities, or preserving sites associated with the founding of the nation. Examples of grant programs could include: African American Civil Rights, Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization, History of Equal Rights, Semiquincentennial, Underrepresented Communities, Tribal Heritage, and future competitive grant programs as may be created by Congress

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 This is a new program and no awards have been issued.
54 U.S.C. 3029
Awarding of grants is authorized by Title 54 of the United States Code. These grants expend funding from the Historic Preservation Fund itself authorized by 54 USC 303101. Annual appropriations language set by Congress provides direction and guidance on if, when, and how specific grant programs may award grants funded by the Historic Preservation Fund and define eligible projects and recipients.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are defined as applicants in either appropriations law or approved spending plans developed for the programs. Eligible projects must be for sites listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. If not listed, projects must prepare a nomination and secure listing by the NPS prior to the completion of the grant project. State governments, territorial governments, units of local government, Certified Local Governments, public institutions of higher education, the District of Columbia government, nonprofits, Federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, Native Hawaiian Organizations, and 3 specific foreign countries (the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia). Some programs may not be open to all these entities dependent on Congressional direction. In limited circumstances and when authorized by Congress, individuals and federal agencies may be eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, nonprofits, and the Freely Associated States (the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia). In limited circumstances and when authorized by Congress, individuals and federal agencies may be eligible.
Credentials for these programs are outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act, 36 CFR 61, the Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual, 2 CFR 200, and appropriations law as enacted by Congress. In general, sites eligible for these programs must be listed in, or eligible for listing in, the National Register of Historic places and provide documentation of that eligibility or listing in their application.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard Forms in the SF-424 series are required along with other forms approved by the Office of Management and Budget, as necessary. Funding announcements for all grants under this Assistance Listing number, along with application procedures, packages, and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be made available on Grants.gov when applications are being accepted. This Assistance Listing covers multiple grant programs. Each grant program will have its own schedule during which applications are opened, accepted, reviewed, and awarded. Generally, applications will be accepted on grants.gov for 60 days.
Award Procedure
An appropriation is allocated by Congress to the National Park Service under the Historic Preservation Fund for competitive grant programs. Competitive grants are awarded based on a merit review of applications received under defined criteria by qualified federal staff. Recommendations are sent for approval and then grants are announced first to Congress and then publicly through an NPS press release. Each program may have unique review criteria and funding limitations.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. The date rage for approval or disapproval varies depending on the type, complexity, and number of applications received. Review of applications and award announcements generally within 6 months of the application due date, depending on any additional review by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, or Congress.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria are included in the funding announcements posted on Grants.gov. They generally include significance of the resource, threat to the resource, feasibility of the project, and sustainability after the federal investment.
How may assistance be used?
Grants assist in the identification, nomination, evaluation, and protection of historic properties as defined by Congress and the National Historic Preservation Act. All funded projects must follow the applicable Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. In accordance with 54 USC 302902, grantees must agree to assume, after completion of a rehabilitation project, the cost of the continued maintenance, repair, and administration of the property in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary of the Interior.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance data should be included with the progress report.
Applicants and grantees are reminded that the sum of administrative and indirect costs may not exceed 25% of the total project budget.
Records should be maintained in accordance with 2 CFR 200. The typical retention period is three years. For those grants or grant programs where subgranting is authorized, prime awardees (as pass-through entities) must retain subgrant files consistent with the minimum standards described in 2 CFR 200. Records may include documentation of procurement actions, banking records, receipts and invoices, grant-assisted products, correspondence related to the grant, reports, and property records.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is . Unless otherwise indicated, match is mandatory in a ratio of 60% federal to 40% non-federal (match). However, matching requirements can be variable and depend on the specific grant program. If a grant program requires matching, it will be included in the Congressional appropriations language and referenced in the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
HPF funding is available for obligation for two federal fiscal years, and then carries a life of 5 additional years for the grant projects to be completed. Funds are distributed through the ASAP Treasury payment system.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division
1849 C St. NW
Mailstop 7360
Washington, DC 20240 USA
Phone: 2023542020

State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division
1849 C St. NW
Mailstop 7360
Washington, DC 20240 USA
Phone: 2023542020
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $64,000,000.00; FY 24 est $64,000,000.00; - No funding in FY 22 as this is a new program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past data for grants under this Assistance Listing was included under previous Assistance Listing number 15.904. The FY21 total of assistance for the grant programs covered by this new listing was approximately $38 million. In FY22, this total was approximately $48 million. For FY23, the amount was approximately $64 million. Individual grants ranged from approximately $15,000 to $750,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
In addition to 2 CFR 200, the "Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual," National Historic Preservation Act, the "Preservation Briefs" series, the "Preservation Tech Notes" series, and the National Register "Bulletin" series apply to funded activities. Program regulations are specified in Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Program standards are found in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2023 This is a new program and no awards have yet been made.


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