History of Equal Rights Grant Program (HER)

Posted: September 30, 2021

Deadline: December 1, 2021

Grantor: National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund

Additional Information

Funded through the Historic Preservation Fund, the History of Equal Rights grant program preserves sites related to the struggle of 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.

Applications for this program must be submitted through grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335963

A key component to all applications is the National Register Eligibility Assessment Worksheet available on grants.gov under the "Related Documents" tab at the link above. In order to be eligible for a grant under this program, the grant-assisted resource (property) must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark.

If your organization has never received a Federal grant before, you should allow yourself several weeks to prepare to submit an application. You must have an IRS Employee ID Number (EIN), a DUNS number and SAM.gov registration. View processing times here: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/historicpreservationfund/howtoapply.htm


The following entities may apply:

  • States and territories
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska native organizations, and Native Hawaiian organizations
  • Local governments, including Certified Local Governments
  • Non-profit organizations (both with and without 501(c)(3) designation)

Organizations not in one of these categories must apply in partnership with an eligible recipient listed above.


State, Tribal and Local Plans and Grants Division: 202-354-2020 or STLPG@nps.gov

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