Historic Preservation Fund Grants-In-Aid


To provide congressionally mandated grants to States, Tribes, Territories, the Freely Associated States, the District of Columbia, Certified Local Governments, and other applicants as defined by Congress, to assist in the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic properties by such means as education, survey, planning, technical assistance, preservation, documentation, and financial incentives like grants and tax credits available for historic properties. Congressionally mandated grants may be in the form of formula grants or congressionally directed spending in the form of community-project funding.

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
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Same. FORMULA grants to 59 States and Territories, 169 Tribes; PROJECT grants to 115 State, Tribe, Local Government and nonprofit grantees. Over 450 project grant applications received.
Fiscal Year 2018 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Grants were administered to State and Tribal governments, along with US territories. These governments make sub-grants based on approved plans.
Fiscal Year 2020 Grants were administered to State and Tribal governments, along with US territories. These governments make sub-grants based on approved plans.
Fiscal Year 2021 Grants were administered to State and Tribal governments, along with US territories. These governments make sub-grants based on approved plans.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY2022, NPS administered $104,708,882 in funding from the Historic Preservation Fund. This included formula grants to 59 states and territories and 212 Federally recognized Tribes. Nearly 200 pre-preservation and preservation projects also received funding from one of 6 competitive grant programs established by Congress in the annual appropriations bill.
National Historic Preservation Act, PL 54 USC 301 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 470
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
FORMULA grants: States, Territories and Tribes as defined in the 54 USC 301 et seq (commonly known as the National Historic Preservation Act), operate programs administered by a State Historic Preservation Officer or Tribal Historic Preservation Officer appointed by the Governor, Tribal government or according to State or Tribal law, and which are otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Act. PROJECT grants: Eligible tribal applicants include Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Other project grants follow eligibility as defined by Congress and stated in statue or committee language.
Beneficiary Eligibility
FORMULA grants: State, Tribal and local governments, public and private nonprofit organizations, and individuals. According to their own priorities and plans, States and Tribes select their own projects and may sub-grant to public and private parties, including local governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and/or individuals to accomplish program objectives. At least ten percent of each State's annual appropriation must be sub-granted to local governments certified as eligible to carry out preservation functions according to 36 CFR 61. PROJECT grants: State, Tribal, Local governments, public and private nonprofits, and federal agencies as defined by Congress.
FORMULA grants: Each State must have a State Historic Preservation Officer, qualified Review Board, employ professionally qualified staff, and maintain an approved statewide historic preservation plan in accordance with 36 CFR 61. Each Tribe must have a Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and qualified staff. Each State or Tribe must administer the agreed upon program areas as required by NPS. PROJECT grants: as defined by Congress. All grants: 2 CFR 200, in its entirety, applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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. 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. FORMULA grants: Application is made by the States and Tribes, and other eligible entities in the form of planned activities scope of works, and budgets through Grants.gov. States submit additional information through an online data collection system under OMB control number 1024-0038, Expiration Date: January 21, 2021. FORMULA AND PROJECT grants: Standard 424 series is required and other approved OMB grant forms as necessary. Funding announcements for all grants under this CFDA, along with application procedures, packages and instructions, points of contact and procedures for submitting applications are made available on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
An annual appropriation is allocated by Congress to the National Park Service under the Historic Preservation Fund. FORUMLA grants: Annual funding for States and Tribes is awarded through an approved apportionment formula. PROJECT grants: Competitive grants are awarded competitively based on review of applications received, requested amounts, available appropriations, direction of Congress and the National Historic Preservation Act.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type, complexity, and number of applications received. A representative range would be 60 days dependent on any additional review by the Department.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria are included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov. Each State selects sub-grant proposals for funding in accordance with its own priorities within federal requirements.
How may assistance be used?
FORMULA Grants can directly finance staff salaries, equipment, and materials, and travel necessary to accomplish required program area purposes. Awarded funds may be transferred (and for States 10% must be) to third parties to carry out historic preservation activities such as surveys, preservation plans, National Register nominations, architectural plans and specifications, historic structures reports, and engineering studies necessary to restore or repair properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In accordance with 54 USC §302902., as amended, 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. PROJECT 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 Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation (36 CFR 78). Major reconstruction is not eligible, and rarely acquisition.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: As part of the progress reporting described above.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. Matching Requirements: Formula grants are awarded at a ratio of 60 percent Federal, 40 percent State (public and/or private funds and/or allowable in-kind donations). American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and Virgin Islands are exempt from matching share per Public Law 96-205. Project grants (Congressionally Directed Spending in the form of Community-Project Funding) do not have a matching requirement unless otherwise provided by law.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees receive their funding electronically by accessing draw downs from the ASAP system operated by the US Treasury. Fiscal year in which funds are appropriated and one succeeding fiscal year.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Megan Brown
National Park Service
Department of Interior
1849 C Street NW Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20005 US
Phone: (202) 354-2020
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Apportionments)) FY 22$104,708,882.00; FY 23 est $120,000,000.00; FY 24 est $120,000,000.00; FY 21$92,560,917.00; FY 20$98,269,149.00; FY 19$86,540,815.00; FY 18$58,410,000.00; FY 17$56,309,039.00; - Fiscal Year 2023 and 2024 based on past program appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $50,000.00 - $1,4000,000.00 Average $290,000.000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2CFR200; Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual; National Historic Preservation Act PL 301 et seq.; NPS Preservation Briefs series; NPS Preservation Tech Note Series; and NPS National Register Bulletin series. Program regulations are specified in Volume 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 2017 No information available. FORMULA grants to states and tribes for the purposes of implementation of the requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act PL 301 et seq. PROJECT grants to states, tribes, local governments and nonprofits for the purposes of: 1) Survey and nomination of Underrepresented Community historic sites to the National Register of Historic Places, 2) Physical preservation of National Register listed sites association with the African American Civil Rights movement, 3) Oral history documentation of Tribal cultural locations and traditions.
Fiscal Year 2018 No information available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Grants are administered to State and Tribal entities based on a Congressional formula. States and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices make sub-awards based on approved plans.
Fiscal Year 2020 State and Local Preservation Grants The HPF grants fund preservation programs at state offices and ensure support of local preservation with a required 10% pass through to Certified Local Governments via competitive subgrants. Examples of the diversity of work accomplished with this annual funding include: In Schoharie, NY, a local dentist, Dr. Hazem Elbialy, used a combination of state and federal historic preservation tax credits to rehabilitate the historic Marshall D. Bice House, which was originally built in 1868 alongside the Shoharie Creek and sustained flood damage in 2011. Coupling tax credits with assistance from FEMA, repairs and rehabilitation involved listing in the state and national registers of historic places, state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, and a careful design approach that balanced the historic property with the needs of an active dental practice, including ADA. The Tennessee Historical Commission used HPF funding to assist the City of Clarksville, a Certified Local Government since 1985, with a survey of their downtown historic resources. One of the sites documented and surveyed was the Customs House, built in 1898, and now serving as the city’s cultural center and museum. Tribal Preservation Grants The HPF grants fund tribal preservation programs, assists tribes in the preservation of their cultural heritage, and promotes the protection of historically significant sites. Examples of the diversity of work accomplished with this annual funding include: The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony THPO used the traditional art of Steve Nighthawk to produce a COVID-19 Public Art Health Safety Message (Mural) on tribal lands. The THPO contracted with a photographer to show the painting creation from beginning to end, along with a short video, to preserve this traditional art and promote cultural awareness for the Tribe. The Inchelium Complex Fires, started on the Colville Reservation and burned over 18,000 acres, threatening sites like “Julia”, a historic mining site from the 1900s. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation’s THPO staff worked as part of the Structure Protection Crew to help with the wrapping process of historic sites and ensuring they were not disturbed more than necessary.
Fiscal Year 2021 Based on a designated formula each states, tribes and territories receive funding which is then distributed in sub-grants based. Projects funded are approved by the State, Tribal, Territorial Historic Preservation Office.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards include formula grants to States and Tribes to support operation of Historic Preservation Offices that carry out the programs and requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act. Additionally, competitive grant programs support pre-preservation and preservation projects for historic properties associated with African American Civil Rights, History of Equal Rights, Tribal Heritage, and the Semiquincentennial, among other programs as determined by Congress.


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