The National Park Service is accepting applications for the third round of funding for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program. This grant program was created by Congress in 2020 to support the preservation of sites and structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places that commemorate the founding of the nation.
The FY2023 round features several notable changes from the previous round:
- In addition to resources that were built during the founding period (i.e. prior to 1800), resources that commemorate the people, places, and events of the founding period are eligible for funding if they meet the other program requirements related to ownership and National Register listing.
- Resource specific plans, studies, and reports are eligible as standalone projects and do not need to be conducted as part of a preservation project. Pre-preservation projects that do not include physical work to a resource may apply for grants of $15,000-$75,000.
- Awards for physical preservation projects are $75,000 – $750,000.
- Work to properties owned by entities other than the state. This includes properties owned by local governments, nonprofits, tribes and other applicant types. Preference will be given to state owned properties.
Important Eligibility Information
- Eligible applicants may include state and local governments, non-profit organizations, public and non-profit institutions of higher education, and tribes.
- All resources must be listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (including National Historic Landmarks) individually or as contributing to a listed district.
- Buildings, structures, sites, districts, and objects considered significant for their association with or commemoration of people, places, or events between the earliest known resources and December 31, 1800 may be considered as associated with the “founding of the nation.”
The Semiquincentennial Grant Program is funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) and managed by the National Park Service. Funding for the HPF is provided from Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas lease revenues, not tax dollars. Congress has appropriated $10,000,000 for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program for FY2023.
Applications are due March 5, 2024.
Available Grant Funding
Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal funding match.
For more information and to apply for the Semiquincentennial Grant Program visit grants.gov: P23AS00504.