National Historic Landmark


The Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, for the purpose of effectuating the policy established by the Historic Sites Act of 1935, has the following powers and performs the following duties and functions: a) preserve for public use historic sites, buildings, and objects of national significance for the inspiration and benefit of the people of the United States; b) make a survey of historic and archaeologic sites, buildings, and objects for the purpose of determining which possess exceptional value as commemorating or illustrating the history of the United States; c) make necessary investigations and researches in the United States relating to particular sites, buildings, or objects to obtain true and accurate historical and archaeological facts and information concerning the same; and d) erect and maintain tablets to mark or commemorate historic or prehistoric places and events of national historical or archaeological significance.

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
K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 74-292, 16 U.S.C. § 461 et seq. The Historic Sites Act of 1935; 16 U.S.C. § 470 National Historic Preservation Act; 54 U.S.C. § 320102 American Antiquities Act
This is a non-monetary assistance program.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Property owners and general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Anyone may suggest that a property be considered for inclusion in an appropriate National Historic Landmark theme study, provided the property has a high degree of historic integrity and potential national significance with relation to some broad facet of American history. The owner of the property may be an individual, government, or corporate body. Properties of only State or local significance do not qualify.
Request should be supported by full discussion of national significance of property and documented integrity.
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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The process for nominating and designating a National Historic Landmark is outlined in 36 CFR 65.5. National Historic Landmarks staff works with proponents to identify properties with potential national significance that appear to meet the criteria for National Historic Landmark designation (36 CFR 65.4). These properties are nominated for designation using the National Historic Landmarks nomination form (NPS Form 10-934), according to National Park Service guidance on preparing a nomination. Finished nominations are presented to the National Park System Advisory Board and its subcommittee, the National Historic Landmarks Committee. The National Park System Advisory Board reviews nominations before making a recommendation to the Secretary of the Interior. The Secretary considers the Advisory Board's recommendations and decides whether to designate a nominated property as a National Historic Landmark.
Award Procedure
When a nominated property is investigated, findings, in the form of a completed National Historic Landmark nomination (NPS Form 10-934), are presented to the National Park System Advisory Board, which evaluates the property according to the criteria for National Historic Landmark designation (36 CFR 65.4) and recommends a final action to the Secretary of the Interior. Owners of nominated National Historic Landmarks are contacted prior to a property's nomination, given an opportunity to comment, and notified after a property's designation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval/disapproval times are determined by the scheduling of bi-annual National Park System Advisory Board meetings, and its subcommittee the National Historic Landmarks Committee.
The National Park Service seeks owner comments and approval to designate a nominated property prior to meetings of the National Park System Advisory Board. Advisory Board meetings are open to the public. The National Historic Landmark appeals process is outlined in the program regulations (36 CFR 65.10).
How are proposals selected?
Program criteria are not based on: cost of the project, qualification of principal investigator or institution, merit or a combination of these considerations. Criteria (cited in greater detail in 36 CFR 65.4) require that a historic property be a nationally significant district, site, building, structure or object that possess exceptional value or quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States in history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture, and that possesses a high degree of historic integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association.
How may assistance be used?
Properties recognized as National Historic Landmarks will, upon application by the owner or administrator, be awarded a bronze plaque attesting to the property's national significance. At the same time, the applicant is requested to observe certain simple preservation precepts with regard to the property, but is not required by law to do so. Should subsequent occurrences alter the historic qualities of the property, National Historic Landmark status may be revoked by the Secretary of the Interior and the plaque removed. Automatic listing of National Historic Landmark properties in the National Register of Historic Places affords a degree of Federal protection under Section 106 of the Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, and fulfills one of the prerequisites for Federal assistance under the National Register grants-in-aid program (see 15.904). Section 110(f) of the act directs that National Historic Landmarks be afforded additional consideration when a project using federal monies, licensing, or permitting may adversely affect a resource. Certain National Historic landmarks are also made eligible for Federal tax benefits and protections and technical preservation assessment and assistance.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: National Park Service personnel make periodic inquiries and inspections to determine continuing eligibility of National Historic Landmark properties and to identify those which exhibit known or anticipated damage or threats to the integrity of their resources.
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is provided when requested. None.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Sherry Frear
National Park Service, 1849 C Street NW (mail stop 7228)
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202) 354-2003
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 21$0.00; FY 22 est $0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; - No monetary awards are included in this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This is a non-monetary program. Funding supports staff time and materials.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
List of National Historic Landmarks available upon request. Regulations (36 CFR 65, et seq.) were published in the "Federal Register" on February 2, 1983. Copies of regulations also available upon request. Upon request, a bulletin on "How to Prepare National Historic Landmark Nominations" is available.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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