Heritage Partnership


The purpose of the Heritage Partnership Program funding is to carry out programs and projects that engage NHA recipients, partners, communities, and/or visitors in shared environmental stewardship. It promotes greater public and private participation in preservation, conservation, education, and outdoor recreation programs and activities, and builds resource stewardship ethics in is participants. Goals for each National Heritage Area are set forth in each of their designation legislation, but in general, the goal of designation as a National Heritage Area is to preserve and interpret for the educational and inspirational benefit of present and future generations the unique and significant contributions to our national heritage. This heritage is shown through certain historic and cultural lands, waterways, and structures. By preserving and interpreting this heritage, NHAs are able to encourage a broad range of economic opportunities enhancing the quality of life within the designated area, and provide a management framework to assist state/local government entities, non-profits, and others in developing policies and programs that will preserve, enhance, and interpret the cultural, historical, natural, recreation, and scenic resources of the heritage area.

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 2016 No information available. Over 50 entities received funding for a variety of projects that supported large-scale, community-centered initiatives that connect local citizens to the preservation, conservation, and planning processes.
Fiscal Year 2017 61 Grants Funded
Fiscal Year 2018 47 awards
Fiscal Year 2019 47 awards
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020, National Heritage Areas: • Leveraged $89.5 million in cash and in-kind matching support to carry out heritage projects and programs, greatly increasing the impact of the $20.9 million in federal Heritage Partnership Program funding awarded. • Engaged 2,829 formal partners and 5,210 informal partners in heritage area activities. • Benefited from 23,152 volunteers, contributing over 394,463 hours, equivalent to a $10.1 million dollar value.
Fiscal Year 2021 Congressionally designated heritage areas received funding to assist communities with economic development, tourism outreach and interpretive programing.
Fiscal Year 2022 In Fiscal Year 2022, this listing provided funding for 42 new projects in addition to modifications to existing projects.
Pub. L. 109–338, § 1(a), Oct. 12, 2006, 120 Stat. 1783 National Heritage Areas Act of 2006. 54 U.S.C. § 101702(a) Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public, states, their political subdivisions, non-profits, private entities, the heritage area management/coordinating entity.
2 CFR Part 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 not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response announcements on grants.gov are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 - 90 days.
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.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Funding and/or assistance is managed by an agency, nonprofit or other organized party identified in the public law that created the National Heritage Area. Funding is to accomplish intended purpose specified within each individual National Heritage Area's public law. Funding applies to interpretation and education, recreation, preservation and conservation and economic development of the region applied specifically to the nationally important story for which they were established.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Report
Not applicable.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 - 200.337
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50% recipient cost share is required under this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Depends on complexity of project. Advances or reimbursements for no more than 50% of their authorized financial activities. Recipients receive funding through ASAP.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional Coordinators and individual heritage area contacts are listed at http://www.nps.gov/history/heritageareas/CNTC/
Headquarters Office
Elizabeth Vehmeyer
National Park Service
Main Interior Building
Washington, DC 20005 US
Phone: 2023542215
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$26,288,294.00; FY 23 est $28,167,000.00; FY 24 est $28,167,000.00; FY 21$23,915,376.00; FY 20$20,512,794.00; FY 19$18,524,732.00; FY 18$19,300,000.00; FY 17$19,064,765.00; FY 16$20,000,000.00; - Fiscal years 2022 and 2023 are based on past appropriations.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $150,000 - $710,000 Average: $411,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. The program has funded heritage area management plans, heritage corridor planning, and similar projects.
Fiscal Year 2017 Develop and Implement diverse programs, activities, and projects necessary for implementing the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan, Assist in the promotion, facilitation, and improvement of the public’s understanding of the important natural, cultural, and recreational areas of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley region.
Fiscal Year 2018 Youth education/summer employment programs, Restoration of historic structures, recreation trail improvements.
Fiscal Year 2019 Over 40 projects were funded.
Fiscal Year 2020 National Heritage Areas as designated by Congress received funding for recreational enhancements and educational outreach opportunities. Freedom's Way Heritage Assoc., Inc. Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, The Freedom's Way Heritage Assoc., Inc. Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Susquehanna Heritage Corporation Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, Inc. Upper Housatonic Valley National Last Green Valley, Inc., The Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Northern Rio Grande National Heritage Area Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corp Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism Park, County of Upper Housatonic Valley National Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, all received funding to undertake activities as outlined in their congressionally approved work-plans.
Fiscal Year 2022 Funding is to accomplish intended purpose specified within each individual National Heritage Area's public law and Management Plan. Funding applies to interpretation and education, recreation, preservation and conservation and economic development of the region applied specifically to the nationally important story for which the National Heritage Areas were established.


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