FY2021 Battlefield Interpretation Grants

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Funding Opportunity ID:331361
Opportunity Number:P21AS00291
Opportunity Title:FY2021 Battlefield Interpretation Grants
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation:These project grants support work contributing to cultural heritage, historic preservation and interpretation, landscape conservation, community engagement, museums, and digital or physical public access to historic sites. These discretionary project grants are awarded through competitive merit review of unsolicited proposals submitted in response to this FOA.
CFDA Number(s):15.926
Eligible Applicants:State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
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
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:DOI-NPS
Agency Name:Department of the Interior
National Park Service
Posted Date:Feb 05, 2021
Close Date:May 05, 2021 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM, ET, on the listed application due date. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed or considered for award. If it is determined that a proposal was not considered due to lateness, the applicant will be notified during the selection process. Application preparation time may take several weeks, so start the application process as soon as possible.
Last Updated Date:Feb 05, 2021
Award Ceiling:$200,000
Award Floor:$20,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description:The American Battlefield Protection Program supports the identification, research, evaluation, interpretation, and protection of historic battlefields and associated sites on a national, State, and local level. Under this new Funding Opportunity, grant funds will be awarded for projects that deploy technology to modernize and enhance battlefield interpretation and education at Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefield sites eligible for assistance under the battlefield acquisition grant program established under 54 U.S.C. §308103(b). Grants require a non-Federal cost share of at least 50%. State, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Successful projects should: include expertise in content, interpretive and educational methods, and integration of technology at all stages of the project; convene a project team with a diversity of perspectives and sources of knowledge (disciplinary, cultural, experiential, etc.) – to better understand and interpret the past, projects should not rely on a single subject matter expert; incorporate recent and high-quality scholarship on the historical, social, and/or natural contexts of battlefields and associated sites; undergo clear, collaborative, and comprehensive scoping with both subject matter specialists and technical specialists prior to technical production; use technology in ways that foster effective communication with the intended audience(s) – projects may combine multiple forms of technology or traditional interpretive media, and grants may fund stakeholder consultation and audience research to ensure that appropriate platforms and technologies are selected; ensure accessibility for people with disabilities (e.g. through subtitles and audio description of videos, or wheelchair-accessible exhibit areas), following Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, as applicable (see https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm); define appropriate metrics and strategies for evaluating the project’s effectiveness during and after implementation; and plan for technological and institutional sustainability. To encourage a collaborative approach to project development and efficient use of Federal funds, two categories of grants are available for projects in different stages: Scoping grants are available to fund early stages of project development, such as research and content creation, consultation with stakeholders, exploration of available technologies, audience research, and development of technical proposals. The federal share for these grants should range from $20,000-$50,000 and have a period of performance of 1-2 years. Implementation grants are available to applicants who have completed interdisciplinary scoping prior to application and can provide draft content and design plans. The federal share for these grants should range from $50,000-$200,000 and have a period of performance of 2-3 years. It is not necessary to receive a scoping grant before applying for an implementation grant, but the application must show that equivalent preparatory work has been completed. On a case-by-case basis, amounts and periods of performance may differ from the above recommendations. Applicants may contact the NPS American Battlefield Protection Program with questions about developing an application. As the nation approaches the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026, NPS ABPP encourages projects that promote and expand preservation as well as enhance our understanding of the origins of the United States. Special thematic priority will be given to applications that preserve and interpret historic sites associated with the American Revolutionary War as a living part of community life and development.
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