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History of Equal Rights Preservation Grants

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Park Service’s (NPS) History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER) - Historic Preservation Fund (HPF)

Deadline Date:

09/14/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and tribal entities for the preservation of historic sites related to social justice and equal rights. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended for a broad range of preservation projects for historic sites including: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures.

Funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, the History of Equal Rights grant program preserves sites related to the struggle for any or all people to achieve equal rights in America. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. This program funds physical preservation work and pre-preservation planning activities for sites that are listed in or determined eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark. Should a site not be listed, or not listed for its association with equal rights, then a new nomination or amendment must be created as part of the grant project.

Grants are available for planning and "bricks and mortar" preservation/conservation work on historic buildings and structures. Eligible costs for preservation projects include: architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation to structures. 

Eligible Pre-preservation and Preservation Projects

  • Preservation projects fund physical preservation of a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with relevant laws, such as Section 106 and NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/ easement.
  • Eligible costs: pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
  • Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district. Significance must be associated with equal rights. Projects that are not listed on the National Register or are not listed in association with equal rights must include a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination as part of their project. 

For a full list of Eligible Costs, see page 8 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

For Program Requirements, see page 6 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193392

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$4,625,000

Number of Grants:

The NPS anticipates funding between 8 and 16 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award $750,000
Minimum Award $15,000

Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which 20% may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Date: March 28, 2023
Projects receiving funding through this Notice of Funding Opportunity will start once funding has been secured and awards have been made. Agreements are not effective until fully executed through Grant Solutions by the NPS Financial Assistance Awarding Officer (FAAO). Do not anticipate a start date sooner than 6 months following the application deadline.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are State governments, local governments, nonprofits, educational institutions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations as defined by 54 USC 300300.

Who May Apply
• States and Territories
• Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314
• Local Governments, including Certifed Local Governments
• Non-profit Organizations

Grants are not available for sites or collections owned by the NPS.

Not Funded
• Construction of new buildings
• Acquisition of collections or historic sites
• Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
• Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a signifcant portion that no longer exists)
• Moving or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
• Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
• Work performed prior to announcement of award
• Lobbying or advocacy activities
• Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
• Administrative costs may not be over 25% of project budget
• Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, or overhead

For Funding Restrictions, see page 16 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be due September 14, 2022. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET on the listed application due date.

Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline. Application preparation time may take several weeks. Start the application process as soon as possible. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for award.

Registration in Grants.gov, SAM.gov, and other federal systems can take up to four weeks, so please start early

Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM.gov) Registration: This requirement does not apply to individuals applying for funds as an individual (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization you may own, operate, or work within), or any entity with an exception to bypass SAM.gov registration with prior approval from the funding bureau or office in accordance with bureau or office policy. All other applicants are required to register in SAM.gov prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which replaces the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet in April 2022. A Federal award may not be made to an applicant that has not completed the SAM.gov registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their SAM.gov registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. Federal award recipients must also continue to maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s). Applicants can register on the SAM.gov website, http://www.sam.gov/.

Grants under this program are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match.

Grant Opportunity: https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/history-of-equal-rights-grant-opportunity.htm

Application Information: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/historicpreservationfund/history-of-equal-rights-application-information.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340672

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For programmatic technical assistance or program administration assistance, contact:
STLPG Staff
202-354-2020
STLPG@nps.gov
Email preferred.

For Grants.gov technical registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages, contact:
Grants.gov Customer Support
Numeric Input Field: 1-800-518-4726
Support@grants.gov

For GrantSolutions technical registration, submission, and other assistance contact:
GrantSolutions Customer Support
1-866-577-0771
Help@grantsolutions.gov

CFDA Number:

15.904

Funding or Pin Number:

P22AS00644

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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