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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Application Now Available for 2014 Battlefield Preservation Grants

Battlefield Planning Grants

The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service invites non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments to submit applications for the 2014 Battlefield Planning Grants. The purpose of this grant program is to provide seed money for projects that lead directly to the identification, preservation and interpretation of battlefield land and/or historic sites associated with battlefields. Projects that involve multiple stakeholders are given preference. 

Who May Apply?
Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments

Project Areas
The ABPP supports projects that lead to the protection of battlefield land and sites associated with battlefields. Project areas must be on American (U.S.) soil and/or within U.S. territorial waters.
  • Battlefield Land - Sites where armed conflict, fighting, or warfare occurred between two opposing military organizations or forces recognized as such by their respective cultures (not civil unrest).
  • Associated Sites - Sites occupied before, during, or after a battle at which events occurred that had a direct influence on the tactical development of the battle or the outcome of the battle. A site must be associated with a battle in order to be considered an Associated Site.
Eligible Project Types
Eligible project types include, but are not limited to, the following:

Site Identification and Documentation Projects
- Battlefield boundary delineation and GIS/GPS mapping - Historical research and surveys (archeological, cultural resource, landscape, etc.)
- Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

Planning and Consensus Building Projects
- Acquisition, strategic, and preservation plans
- Studies of land related to, or adjacent to, publicly owned and protected battlefield lands
- Management, landscape, interpretive, and stabilization plans
- Interpretation plans
- Preservation advocacy and consensus building within a community

Interpretation or Education Projects
- Brochures emphasizing battlefield preservation activities
- School programs emphasizing preservation activities
- Sign development and design
All project applications must clearly demonstrate that the proposed activity will contribute directly to the preservation of battlefield land or an associated site. Grant funds may be used to procure professional services, equipment, and supplies necessary to conduct the proposed project.
To see past projects that have been awarded ABPP Battlefield Planning Grants, visit the Battlefield Planning Grants website.

Ineligible Activities
See the 2014 Battlefield Planning Grant Guidelines for a list of ineligible activities

Matching Funds
Matching funds are not required, however, the ABPP encourages matching funds or in-kind services for battlefield Planning Grant projects.

Award Amounts
There is no minimum or maximum award amount. The average award amount is $32,300, although the ABPP has awarded grants of up to $117,000.

Application Form and Guidelines
The ABPP is accepting grant applications either electronically through or hard copy through USPS, commercial express services, or by hand delivery. Please choose one method, do not submit your application through both methods. website [] Application Guidelines

2014 Battlefield Planning Grant Application Form
2014 Battlefield Planning Grant Guidelines
In addition to completing the application form, applicants must also complete and sign Department of the Interior form SF 424 - Application for Federal Assistance. The SF 424 should be included as the cover sheet to the application form.

Please Note - if you are applying for a Battlefield Planning Grant through the website, the SF424 will be part of the electronic filing package. You do not need to print out and mail a separate SF424.
Application Deadline
    Applications submitted through must be completed by 4 pm (EST), January 16, 2014.
  • USPS
    Applications sent by regular mail must be USPS postmarked by January 2, 2014.
  • Hand Delivery or Commercial Express Delivery Services
    Applications hand delivered by applicant or sent by commercial express delivery service must be received in the ABPP office no later than 4:00 pm (EST), January 16, 2014 . The grant application must be hand stamped in by the ABPP Grants staff.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use an express delivery service, as Grant Application Packages sent via regular USPS mail will be irradiated - a process that can destroy photographs.
  • Postmarks and delivery receipts are not accepted after the stated deadline date and time.
Late Battlefield Grant Application Packages will be discarded without action or notification. 

For more information about ABPP grants, or to receive paper copies of the guidelines and application, please contact Kristen McMasters, ABPP Grants Manager, at 202-354-2037 or

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