To provide matching grants for preservation or education projects that foster a greater awareness and appreciation of the role of maritime endeavors in America s history and culture.

The grants will help State and local governments and private nonprofit organizations preserve and interpret their
maritime heritage.

It is designed to reach a broad audience and enhance public awareness and appreciation for the maritime heritage of the United States.

See NMHA sect.4(a).
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2013: Projects funded in 1998 included: Quarter Deck Restoration of the ship Balclutha; improvement of conservation and access to Connecticut s Customs District Records of 1789-1939; an exhibit on the historic commercial fishing industry of Florida; and preservation of the Cape Charles Lighthouse Keeper s Quarters in Virginia.

Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, PhD
Historian, Park History Program
National Park Service
1201 I (Eye) Street NW, #2261
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
phone: 202-354-2266
fax: 202-371-2229.

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2013: The program has been dormant since 1998. In 1998, 39 grants totaling $652,616 were awarded to projects that included maritime education and information access projects, exhibit and heritage trail development, preservation of ships, lighthouses and other maritime properties, and survey and conservation of underwater archaeological resources. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for education or preservation projects that promote the understanding of a significant aspect of American maritime heritage.

Projects that involve historic resources as defined in the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, must comply with treatments defined in the "Secretary of the Interior"s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties" (36 CFR 78), "Standards for Historic Vessel Preservation Projects", and "Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation" (48 FR 44716).

The Grantee must grant a preservation easement or preservation agreement for each grant-assisted property.

In general, the Grants Program does not fund projects which will train the individual maritime heritage professional to do his or her job better or assist in career recognition or promotion.

This includes activities such as developing training or continuing education courses for the maritime heritage education or preservation professional, personal research, or research resulting in highly specialized reports or publications with narrow audience appeal and little potential for public use or applications.

Grants Program funds cannot be paid for any work or activity that does not conform to the terms of the NPS Grant Agreement which incorporates all applicable grant requirements, conditions, and Federal laws and regulations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments and private non-profit institutions/organizations are eligible to apply.

Individuals are not eligible applicants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any State or local government or private non-profit institution/organization will benefit directly from grant funds. It is intended that the general public will ultimately benefit from the information conveyed by the funded projects.


Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant s qualifications to carry out the proposed project. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination with State Historic Preservation Offices is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants may visit the National Maritime Heritage Program website at for instructions and information on how to apply. Applications are available at and should be submitted to by the date listed in the Application Guidelines and Grant Manual, located at

Award Procedures

Award amounts are based on recommendations made by the National Maritime Heritage Grant Review Committee to the Secretary of the Interior, who makes final award decisions. The Committee is composed of representatives from the NPS, Maritime Administration, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Naval History and Heritage Command, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Each application is scored individually based on standardized criteria. Awards are made as direct grants to State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO), who issue subgrants to applicants.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, Public Law 103-541.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Applications are reviewed and approved or disapproved within 3months of the application submission deadline.


Not Applicable.


Grants are not renewable, but the grant period may be extended upon approval of a request to the program, showing that unforeseen circumstances prevented the project from being completed on time.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: According to NMHA section 4(d)(2), grants must be fully matched on a dollar-to-dollar basis.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project funding is generally for two years. All awarded funds must be expended within 90 days of the grant end date specified in the grant agreement, unless an extension has been applied for and granted. Assistance is awarded/released to applicants as subgrants issued by SHPOs, who are awarded direct grants by the NPS. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Available funding is to be divided evenly between preservation projects and education projects.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to report progress reports on a semi-annual basis.

Products of the grant will be reviewed in draft and final format.

Events that will require budget or product changes and amendments to the grant agreement must be reported to the NPS.

Such substantive revisions in the NPS- approved grant applications which served as the basis of the Grant Agreement must be approved in writing by the NPS prior to effecting the change.

Such post-award programmatic changes and budget revisions on grants and subgrants are to be carried out in accordance with 43 CFR 12.70 (for State and local governments) and 43 CFR 12.925 (for nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education) and procedures established in the Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manual.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Grantees are required to report financial reports on a semi-annual basis.

Final financial reports are expected at the close of the grants.

Final performance reports are expected at the close of the grant.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Grantees must maintain records as may be reasonably necessary to fully disclose-
(A) the amount and the disposition of the proceeds of the direct grant or subgrant;
(B) the total cost of the project for which the direct grant or subgrant is made; and
(C) other records as may be required by the Secretary, including such records as will facilitate an effective accounting for project funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 13 $1,700,000; FY 14 est $1,700,000; and FY 15 est $1,700,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: Grants will be awarded in the amounts of $25,000 to $200,000. Total amount available for grants is $1,700,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Recipients of awards will comply with the applicable regulations and OMB Cicrular and DOI Regulations governing Financial Assistance awards at 43 CFR part 12.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, PhD
Historian, Park History Program
National Park Service
1201 I (Eye) Street NW, #2261
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
phone: 202-354-2266
fax: 202-371-2229.

Headquarters Office

National Maritime Heritage Program National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: 202-354-2266 Fax: 202-371-2229

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications received are scored on the following criteria: projects are consistent with the goals of the program; projects address an important aspect of maritime history, technology, or culture that is significant to U.S. maritime heritage; project objectives are clearly described; the budget and project completion schedule are reasonable to accomplish the tasks; and project personnel are appropriate for achieving the project objectives.

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