The American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) of the National Park Service in Washington, DC, has opened its 2016 grants competition. The ABPP awards grants for preservation projects that lead to the permanent protection of endangered battlefield lands. Projects that involve multiple stakeholders are given preference.

Who May Apply?

Non-profit groups, academic institutions, and local, regional, state, and tribal governments

Target Resources 

Project areas must be on American soil and/or within U.S. territorial waters.

1 ) Battlefields – occurred between two opposing military organizations or forces recognized as such by their respective cultures (not civil unrest).

2) 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

–  Historical research

–  Archeological surveys and cultural landscape inventories

–  Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places

–  GIS/GPS mapping

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, and stabilization plans

–  Interpretation plans

–  Preservation advocacy and consensus building within a community

Interpretation or Education Projects

–  Brochures stressing preservation

–  Interpretive programs stressing preservation techniques

–  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.

Matching Funds

None required, although applications that include matching funds and in-kind donations will be given preference.

   Award Amounts

No minimum or maximum. The average award amount is $32,300, although the ABPP has awarded grants beyond $100,000.

   Application Deadline

January 14, 2016 by 4 pm, EST.  For paper submissions, applications must be hand stamped in by 4 pm (post marks and delivery receipts not accepted after deadline).  For submissions, applications must be uploaded and submitted by 4 pm, EST.

The 2016 guidelines and application form are available online at (click on the “Search Grants Tab” along the top. Then search by our CDFA # 15.926 on the left)  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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