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Grants to USA and US Virgin Islands HBCUs for Projects to Preserve Structures of Historical Significance

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program (HBCU)

National Park Service - Historic Preservation Fund

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #199734

Grant Description

Grants to USA and US Virgin Islands Historically Black Colleges and Universities for projects to preserve structures of historical significance. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support a broad range of pre-preservation planning activities and physical preservation work for historic sites that are listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or as a National Historic Landmark.

In 1988, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Preservation grant program was established to document, preserve, and stabilize historic structures on HBCU campuses. The HBCU grant program exists to repair historic structures on campuses of Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as contributing to a National Register or National Historic Landmark historic district. Projects must meet major program selection criteria and all work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation. 

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

What Is Funded

  • Preservation projects that fund physical preservation of historic sites to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with Section 106, NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/easement.
  • Eligible costs include pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, campus-wide preservation plans, National Register nominations and amendments, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation. 

For a full list of Eligible Costs see page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

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  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply
• All accredited HBCU institutions listed at
• 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. Projects that are not listed on the National Register must include a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination as part of their project

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible. Each application must be for a separate phase if it is a part of a multi-phase project, and significant progress must be demonstrated on prior phases to warrant additional funding. Applicants may be excluded if progress has not been demonstrated.

What Is Not Funded
• Construction of new buildings
• Acquisition of collections or historic sites
• Conservation of collections, except as part of gathering oral history documentation
• Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
• Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a signifcant portion that no longer exists or was removed)
• 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, and overhead

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be due January 10, 2023.

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

Registration in,, and other federal systems can take up to four weeks, so please start early. For more information about Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM), see page 14 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Matching funds are not required, but may be considered as part of the evaluation process.

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Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Based on prior years, the NPS anticipates funding approximately 20 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $750,000

The minimum grant request in $50,000 Federal share. The maximum grant request is $750,000 Federal share. Please note that the selection panel may, at its discretion, award less than the minimum grant request.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Award Date: July 12, 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 released 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.

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