National Park Service awards $750,000 in Underrepresented Community Grants

National Park ServiceThe National Park Service has awarded $750,000 in Underrepresented Community Grants to support the identification and nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places.

Included in the awards is a $47,187 grant to the City of Virginia Beach for survey and National Register nominations for Seatack and L & J Gardens.

The Underrepresented Community grant program focuses on documenting the homes, lives, landscapes, and experiences of underrepresented peoples who played a significant role in national history. FY 2019 grants will help fund 18 projects to eight states, six tribes, two local governments, the District of Columbia, and the Federated States of Micronesia.

Federal oil and gas revenues from the Outer Continental Shelf provide the lion’s share of deposits into the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), which is the source of funding for Underrepresented Community grants.

“These competitive grants will help diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places,” said National Park Service Deputy Director David Vela, exercising the authority of the Director. “They will provide assistance to state, tribal, and local governments to identify and preserve sites that will convey a more complete history of our country.”

Examples of projects selected for FY 2019 funding include a historic landscape nomination in the first underrepresented community grant awarded to the Federated States of Micronesia; a historic context study of women’s history in the District of Columbia; documentation of slavery in Massachusetts; and nominations of significant tribal sites in California and Washington.

Applications for $750,000 in FY 2020 funding will be available in the fall of 2020. Eligible applicants include state and tribal historic preservation offices and certified local governments.

For more information about the grants and the Underrepresented Community Grant Program, visit www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/community-grants.html.


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