American Battlefield Protection

Promote the protection and preservation of battlefield lands on American soil by funding non- acquisition preservation methods such as planning, education, survey and inventory.


Examples of Funded Projects

(1) $21,000 in technical assistance helped in creating a county-wide Vision and Protection Plan for a county and its local battlefield.

(2) $20,000 in assistance has been awarded for the development of a state-wide heritage trail.

(3) $18,050 used to complete and submit a National Register Nomination for a Virginia battlefield.

(4) $20,000 in funding has gone towards an archeological survey of a Missouri battlefield.

(5) $25,000 was given to a local battlefield commission to pay for the services of a part-time staff person to implement the local battlefield protection plan.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for projects resulting in the protection and preservation of battlefield lands and their associated sites on American soil.

No funding is given to projects dealing with acquisition of properties or land in fee or interest, payment of rent on properties or land, fund raising, lobbying, battle reenactments, new construction or reconstruction of historic resources, permanent staff positions, object or material culture curation or other on-going activities, academic scholarships, capital construction or improvement projects (site excavation, trail or road construction, parking lots, visitor centers, scene restoration, etc.).

Applications for projects associated with NPS-owned sites must focus on resources outside the NPS boundaries.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant may be Federal, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S.

territory and possessions, Native American organizations, State colleges and universities, public and private colleges and universities.

Multi-organizational applications are encouraged.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federal, intrastate, interstate, State and local agencies, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories and possessions, Native American organizations, State college or universities, public and private colleges and universities.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the Single Point of Contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State's program has been selected for review.

Application Procedures

Applicants should contact the American Battlefield Protection Program in early September to obtain an application for funding. Applicants will receive a Standard Form 424- Request for Federal Assistance, and a Certificate Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug-Free Workplace Requirements and Lobbying, DI-2010. Forms must be completed and returned to the American Battlefield Protection Program by the date listed in the Application Guidelines.

Award Procedures

Award amounts are based on the review panel's recommendations. Reviewers include American Battlefield Protection Program staff and regional supporting staff, NPS historians and NPS archeologists. Each application is scored individually based on a standardized series of questions.


Contact the American Battlefield Protection Program for application deadlines at (202) 354-2037.


Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996; American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996, Section 604, Public Law 104-333, 110 Stat. 4173, 16 U.S.C. 469k.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the National Park Service by the end of the Federal fiscal year.




Provision of additional funding will require that the applicant submit a follow-up proposal for the additional funding. The period of performance for a grant may be extended without provision of additional funds through mutual agreement of the beneficiary and the National Park Service.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Awardees must comply with Department of the Interior regulations and requirements governing grants stipulated in 43 CFR 12. There are no matching fund requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration should generally be for one year or less. Project funds may be requested as advances and/or reimbursements, with the final payment being a reimbursement. The project must be complete before final payment may be requested. All awarded funds must be expended by the grant end date specified in the grant agreement.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly progress/accounting reports, sent directly to the American Battlefield Protection Program, are required for all projects.

A final project report is required of all projects.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


Records for grants awarded to State and Local Governments must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for grants awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations must be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR 12, Subpart F, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $492,184; FY 08 $1,367,144; and FY 09 est $3,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,000 to $75,000; $25,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulated by 43 CFR Part 12 (all sections).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., MS 2255, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 354-2037 or (202) 354-2023, Fax: (202) 371-1616. Program inquiries should be directed to Hampton Tucker E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applications received are scored on the following criteria: Site significance; Level of Threat; Preservation Opportunity; Well-Planned Objectives, Tasks, and Schedules; Qualifications and Coordination of Partner Organization(s); Realistic Budget and Matching Resources.

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