Route 66 Corridor Preservation


To preserve the cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance. The program provides cost-share grants to help preserve the most significant and representative historic sites related to the routes period of significance (1926-1985). It also assists preservation planning, research, and educational initiatives, and serves as a clearinghouse for preservation information and technical assistance.

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. Seven (7) entities received funding under this program.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY17, the program received 11 eligible applications received requesting a total of $188,187. Eight projects were awarded a total of $104,987 with $186,332 provided in cost-share match.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 18, the program anticipates to receive 12 to 15 applications and issue 8-10 awards
Fiscal Year 2019 The program funded seven (7) projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 Funds provided non-profit organizations, municipalities, and private land owners funding for interpretation projects, historic preservation projects and educational research including restoration of historic neon signs, architectural improvements to historic structures development of "stories" to be shared through interpretive methods.
Fiscal Year 2021 Eight projects were funded that further the interpretation and preservation of the history of Route 66.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022 10 grants were awarded through the program. To date, there have been 169 projects funded for a total amount of of $2.55 million, with $3.98 million in additional funds raised through required cost-share match for a total investment of $6.53 million in historic Route 66 through this public-private partnership effort.
P. L. 106-45, Sec. 2 Cultural Resources of the Route 66 Corridor; P.L. 111-11, Sec. 7304 Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Interstate, intrastate, state, local, sponsored organizations, public nonprofit institution/organizations, other public institution/organizations, Federally recognized tribal governments, individual/family, minority groups, specialized groups, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institution/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, other private institution/organizations, anyone/general public, native American organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Interstate, Intrastate, State, Local, Sponsored Organization, Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization, Other Public Institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, Individual/Family, Minority Group, Specialized Group, Small Business, Profit Organization, Private Organization, Quasi-Public Nonprofit Organization, Other Private Institution/organization, Anyone/General Public, Native American Organization, Health Professional, Education Professional, Student/Trainee. Graduate Student, Scientists/Researcher, Artist/Humanist, Engineer/Architect. Builder/Contractor/Developer. Farmer/Rancher/Agriculture Producer, Industrialist/Business Person, Small Business Person, Consumer, Land/Property Owner, Black American. American Indian, Spanish Origin, Oriental, Other Nonwhite, U.S. Citizen, Women, Handicapped (Deaf, Blind, Crippled), Preschool, School, Child (6-15), Youth (16-21), Senior Citizen (60+), Moderate Income, Low Income, Major Metropolis (over 250,000), Other urban, Suburban, Rural, Education (0-8), Education (9-12), Education (13+)
The preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of transportation related historic properties on Route 66 are eligible project activities. Properties must have been in service and have had a strong and direct association with Route 66 during its 1926-1985 period of national significance; be on, or within view of a Route 66 road alignment; be in their original location; and retain historical and architectural integrity. Properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a state register, or that have been determined eligible for a register, will receive priority consideration. Planning, research, interpretive or educational outreach projects are also eligible project activities.
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 are made available on Applicants are required to review and fill out the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program Cost-Share Grant Guidelines and Application. This includes an application cover sheet, project proposal, letters of recommendation, graphics and maps, state/national Register of Historic Places nomination forms (if applicable), a signed Property Maintenance and Protection Agreement (if applicable), a signed Laws and Standards Agreement (if applicable), and mandatory form series SF-424. Submission of these documents by an annual deadline (usually last day of March) is required.
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response announcements on 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.
January 15, 2018 to March 30, 2018 All application materials must be received by COB of deadline. Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
60 days after annual deadline for cost-share grants. Cooperative agreements vary 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 and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.
Not applicable.
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. Agreements may be extended by a written instrument executed by the parties. Extensions will be in writing and approved by the NPS AO and the authorized representative of Recipient.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on Grant awards are made in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program guidelines and application.
How may assistance be used?
The National Park Service, Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is dedicated to preserving the special places and stories of historic U.S. Highway 66. The program provides technical and financial assistance including competitive cost-share grants and cooperative agreements for the preservation of the most significant and representative buildings, structures, road segments, and cultural landscapes along the length of the Route 66 corridor, covering Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. Cost-share grants are also available for planning, research, and educational initiatives related to the preservation of Route 66. The program legislation authorizing these activities is scheduled to terminate September 30, 2019.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) 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 voluntary. A minimum 1:1 cost-share match is required in direct, non-federal funds and/or in-kind contributions (e.g., donated services, materials, and equipment)

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Payment will be made by advance and/or reimbursement through the Department of Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system. Will be stated in the agreement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Kaisa Barthuli 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail P. O. Box 728 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: 505-988-6701 Email:
Headquarters Office
Kaisa Barthuli
1100 Old Santa Fe Trail
P. O. Box 728
Santa Fe, NM 87505 USA
Phone: 505-988-6701
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$223,328.00; FY 23 est $166,000.00; FY 24 est $150,000.00; FY 21$158,056.00; FY 20$74,349.00; FY 19$137,003.00; FY 18$90,000.00; FY 17$174,551.00; FY 16$153,334.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $5,000-$75,000
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. Examples of funded projects are: Santo Domingo Pueblo Trading Post Façade Restoration and Oral History Project; American Indians and Route 66 Cultural History/Educational Outreach Project; Flagstaff Route 66 Rest Area Interpretive Project; Rock Creek Truss Bridge Restoration Project; African Americans and Route 66 Oral History Project.
Fiscal Year 2017 Examples of projects funded in the past are historical research projects, the preparation of historic building preservation plans, and the restoration of historic facades, roofs, windows, systems, neon signs, and more.
Fiscal Year 2018 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that support the preservation and understanding of historic U.S. 66.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program funded seven (7) projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 The "Route66: The Road Ahead Initiative" received funding for actions supported under legislation.
Fiscal Year 2021 Announcement of FY2021 projects will take place after competitive merit review process.
Fiscal Year 2022 Grants in Historic Preservation, Research, and Education for the public purpose of preserving the places and stories of historic Route 66.


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