National Maritime Heritage Grants

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.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Program reactivated in FY 2014.

Projects applicants have proposed projects that include 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 2017: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No information 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 kelly_spradley-kurowski@nps.gov phone: 202-354-2266 fax: 202-371-2229.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Archaeology & Historic Preservation, Washington State Department Of $ 261,030   2019-03-052021-03-05
Parks And Recreation, California Department Of $ 320,216   2017-07-182020-12-31
Housing And Community Affairs, Vermont Dept Of $ 45,063   2018-09-112020-09-11
State Historical Society Of Wisconsin $ 54,245   2018-08-282020-08-28
Secretary Of The Commonwealth, Massachusetts $ 191,875   2018-08-092020-08-09
Parks, Recreation And Historic Preservation, New York State Office Of $ 498,253   2018-07-262020-07-26
Cnmi Department Of Community And Cultural Affairs $ 52,017   2018-07-182020-07-18
Parks And Recreation, California Department Of $ 196,002   2016-05-012020-07-17
Parks And Recreation, California Department Of $ 699,378   2018-06-292020-06-29
Historical & Museum Commission, Pennsylvania $ 52,259   2018-06-192020-06-19



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 27 non-federal state and local agencies received funding to preserve their maritime heritage. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for education or preservation projects that promote the understanding of 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.

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, local, tribal governments and private nonprofit 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.

Credentials/Documentation

Proposals must furnish evidence of the applicant?s qualifications to carry out the proposed project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles 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.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov. Applicants may visit the National Maritime Heritage Program website at http://www.nps.gov/maritime/grants/intro.htm for more information.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to announcements on grants.gov are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year. Award amounts are based on recommendations made by the National Maritime Heritage Grant Review Panel to the Secretary of the Interior, who makes final award decisions. The Review Panel is composed of representatives from the NPS, Maritime Administration, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Naval History and Heritage Command Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives and Records Administration. Each application is scored individually based on standardized criteria. Awards are made as direct grants to State or tribal Historic Preservation Offices (SHPO or THPO), who issue sub-grants to applicants.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

National Maritime Heritage Act of 1994, P. L. 103-541, Sec. (4)(c).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.

Appeals

None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service may provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.

Renewals

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

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1039-0-1-303.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,058,164; FY 17 est $1,700,000; and FY 18 est $1,700,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $25,000 to $200,000 Average: $55,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information.

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 kelly_spradley-kurowski@nps.gov phone: 202-354-2266 fax: 202-371-2229.

Headquarters Office

Kelly Spradley-Kurowski, PhD Park History Program, National Park Service 1201 Eye Street NW, #2261 8th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: kelly_spradley-kurowski@nps.gov Phone: 202-354-2266 Fax: 202-371-2229

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.



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