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African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofit Organizations and Public
Agencies for Historic and Cultural Conservation

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National Trust for Historic Preservation - African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

LOI Date:

01/15/20

Deadline Date:

05/01/20 11:59 PM Local Time

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and public agencies for historic and cultural conservation. A letter of inquiry is required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for preservation activities for historically significant places. Primary areas of support are capital projects, organizational capacity building, project planning, and programming and interpretation. Activities must be specific to African American cultural heritage.

Grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund are designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. The fund supports work in four primary areas: Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation.

Capital Projects:

  • Restoration, rehabilitation, stabilization, and preservation of historic places and structures, including bricks-and-mortar construction and planning costs
  • Applicants can request up to $150,000 and can direct up to 15% of awarded grant funds for construction planning and documents

Organizational Capacity Building:

  • Hiring new staff to increase the organization’s capacity (funds can be used to support salaries and benefits for grant-supported staff.) Applicants can request up to $150,000 for a two-year period 
  • Increasing current part-time staff to full-time in order to advance preservation priorities. Applicants can request up to $100,000 for a two-year period
  • Convening board, governance and nonprofit management trainings and organizational development activities such as strategic planning. Applicants can request $50,000 and can direct up to 10% for indirect support/overhead costs. 

Project Planning:

  • Obtaining the services of consultants with expertise in the areas such as preservation architecture, business development, engineering and environmental studies, legal issues, fundraising and financial sustainability, organizational development, education, etc. to develop plans for implementation by organization
  • Development of viable business plans, feasibility studies, preservation plans, engineering and environmental studies, architectural plans, etc. 
  • Applicants can request up to $75,000 and can direct up to 10% for indirect support/overhead costs

 Programming and Interpretation:

  • Sponsoring preservation conferences and workshops
  • Designing and implementing innovative preservation education, scholarship, mapping, and interpretative programs
  • Collaborating with artists, creatives, and scholars to re-imagine interpretation and programming, while advancing new approaches to storytelling and public engagement
  • Designing, producing, and marketing printed materials or other media communications
  • Applicants can request $50,000 and can direct up to 10% for indirect support/overhead costs
  • Up to 10% of awarded grant funds may be used for organizational overhead costs. Grants awarded for Capital Projects and Programming and Interpretation may include funding for both the planning and implementation of those projects. In the case of Capital Projects, up to 15% of awarded grant funds may be used for construction planning such as architectural and engineering services, code review, drawings, specifications, and geotechnical services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187654

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants made from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund will range from $50,000 to $150,000.

Term of Contract:

Within one year from the grant disbursement date, the project must be completed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant-funded projects must focus on African American cultural heritage. If applying for capacity building activities, the organization’s primary mission must be focused on African American cultural heritage.

Public agencies, 501(c)(3), and other nonprofit organizations are eligible. Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current.

Ineligible Activities and Expenses:

- Supplementation of existing staff or faculty salaries; volunteer reimbursements
- Capacity building activities other than hiring new staff, increasing current staff from part-time to full-time, or board/governance development and nonprofit management training
- Catering, entertainment, food and beverage costs
- Costs associated with constructing new buildings or structures, including the creation of monuments and statues
- Costs associated with creation or maintenance of archival collections (books, documents, ephemera, etc.)
- Expenses incurred prior to the grant award date

Pre-Application Information:

There is a two-step process to receive a grant from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund:

1. Letter of Intent
Deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM local time.
A preliminary indication of interest and capacity. All Letters of Intent must be submitted through the National Trust’s online grant application system, by the deadline, or they will not be reviewed. A link to the application system is included at the bottom of this page.

2. Application
Deadline: May 1, 2020
The Letter of Intent review period will take approximately ten weeks. All applicants will be notified of their status at the end of this initial review period. If the applicant’s Letter of Intent is accepted, a full application will be requested. Instructions on how to complete the full application will be sent only to those organizations moving forward. You will have approximately five weeks to complete and submit the full application once you receive a notice to proceed.

New this year and grant round, National Trust staff members will engage with the prospective grantees during the full application stage, and they will offer their assigned applicant technical support and advice to ensure they are submitting competitive grant proposals. Each staff member will act as the National Trust liaison, conduct sites visits as appropriate, and help applicants craft grant proposals. This collaborative engagement will benefit our selection process and grant-making.

You can submit up to four LOIs, one for each category of the grant program (Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation.). If you have more than one project in a category, you should submit the project you feel is stronger.

No more than three grants will be awarded in any two-year period to a single grantee. Only one grant will be awarded per organization in any grant round. Only one type of grant will be awarded for each project phase.Grant recipients from the inaugural 2018 African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund National Grant Program are eligible to apply. See: http://forum.savingplaces.org/join

If an applicant is invited to submit a full application, the applicant will be required to become an organizational level Forum member of the National Trust to move forward with the application process. This requirement is designed to engage the applicants with the larger preservation community as they work through the project.

FAQs:http://forum.savingplaces.org/aachactionfund-faq
Application Information: https://www.grantinterface.com/Process/Apply?urlkey=nthp
Preview Application Form: https://www.grantinterface.com/Form/Preview?form=345473&urlkey=nthp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=nthp

National Trust for Historic Preservation
2600 Virginia Avenue NW, Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
forumonline@savingplaces.org
Phone: 202-588-6000
Toll-Free: 800-944-6847
Fax: 202-588-6038

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