Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants

To assist States and local communities acquire and preserve threatened battlefield land from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Fiscal Year 2019: 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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Kershaw, County Of $ 681,512   2022-06-102025-06-30
Middlesex, County Of (inc) $ 1,086,306   2022-04-042025-04-30
Conservation And Recreation, Virginia Department Of $ 496,757   2022-04-012025-04-30
Conservation And Recreation, Virginia Department Of $ 71,568   2022-04-012025-04-30
Archives And History, Mississippi Department Of $ 692,450   2022-04-012025-04-30
Conservation And Recreation, Virginia Department Of $ 91,842   2022-02-152025-02-28
Cultural Resources, North Carolina Department Of $ 71,852   2022-02-042025-02-28
Kershaw, County Of $ 155,376   2022-02-152025-02-28
Parkers Crossroads, City Of $ 92,822   2022-02-042025-02-28
Conservation And Recreation, Virginia Department Of $ 175,215   2022-01-282025-01-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No information available. Fiscal Year 2019: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are available for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land (easements), at Civil War Battlefields listed in the Civil War sites Advisory Commission's (CWSAC) 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields and at Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefields listed in the American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) 2007 Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States.

Funds may not be used to acquire land or interests in land within the legislative boundary of a National Park.

Grantees or subgrantees must provide for the appropriate public access (entry or viewable from public right-of-way) to and enjoyment of any lands or interests in lands acquired with assistance from this program, subject to necessary and reasonable measures on the part of the beneficiary to protect the historic features of the battlefield from damage or loss.

Grantees may not charge costs for administering the project to the grant or to the required matching share.

Land acquired with these funds must be preserved in perpetuity.

In any case where a local government or a private non-profit organization acquires land or an interest in land with assistance from this program, it must convey an acceptable perpetual protective easement on the land to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) or other organization acceptable to the National Park Service and SHPO.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local governments.

Private nonprofit organizations seeking to acquire battlefield land or easements must apply in partnership with the State or local government agency that has jurisdiction over the proposed parcel.

The government agency may then sub-grant the Federal funds to the nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments (local communities, nonprofits, and battlefield landowners) benefit.


Prior to the expenditure of grant funds for the purchase of real property, a current appraisal must be obtained. Appraisal preparation, documentation and reporting must be made in conformance with the standards and practices of the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (UASFLA), as codified in 49 CFR 24.103, and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP Standards 1 and 2) published by the Interagency Land Acquisition Conference. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Informal pre-application coordination with ABPP staff is highly recommended.

Coordination with appropriate State Historic Preservation Office(s) is required for National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review.

The ABPP?s Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for Section 106 Review, available on the ABPP?s website, for this grant program must be consulted prior to applying.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

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 has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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 and the ABPP?s website Applicants are responsible for initiating the Section 106 Review with the appropriate SHPO and consulting parties prior to submitting a complete application.

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response to announcements on 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 throughout the year. The Director of the National Park Service makes awards to approved applicants.


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


54 U.S.C. §308103 Battlefield Acquisition Program, and; 54 U.S.C. §200305 Land and Water Conservation Fund, Assistance to States.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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 and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact.


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


If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: 50% Recipient/non-federal cost share is required under this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Battlefield land or interests in land are purchased immediately after receipt of funds, usually no later than one year after receipt of funds. Periods of Performance for awarded grants is typically 3 years to allow for purchase and recording of required easement or preservation agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


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.

In certain cases, grantees or sub-grantees must encumber the title to the acquired battlefield property with easement, in favor of enforceable in court by the State Historic Preservation Officer, or by another agency acceptable to the NPS and SHPO, in perpetuity.

In other cases where a State government agency will acquire and manage the property, the State must enter into a preservation agreement with the NPS.

The agreement must assert that the State will hold the property forever, allow for public access, maintain and protect the historic features and landscape, restrict development to only that needed for interpretation and visitor access, and pursue site development only after appropriate environmental and cultural studies are completed to inform best possibilities for low impact design and construction.

Both the easements and preservation agreement must acknowledge Land and Water Conservation Fund Act Section 6(f)(3) restrictions and must be sent to the NPS for review and approval prior to their execution and recordation.

The SF 425 Federal Financial Report is required.

Program Performance Report.


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.


Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 17 Not Available; FY 18 est $10,000,000; and FY 19 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,000.00 to $2,000,000.00 Average: $250,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A more complete description of grant requirements can be found in the ABPP 2012 application guidelines. The 2012 guidelines and application form are available online at The American Battlefield Protection Program Act of 2009 (16 USC 469k-1), authorizes this grant program. This legislation allows Land and Water Conservation Fund monies to be used to provide the Federal share of the cost of acquiring interests in eligible Civil War battlefield land. It requires that any interest in land acquired under this program shall be subject to section 6(f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601-8(f)(3)).' Section 6(f)(3) requires that any land acquired with these funds be preserved and not converted to other uses without the express written consent of the Secretary of the Interior.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Elizabeth Vehmeyer National Park Service Archeologist and Grants Specialist American Battlefield Protection Program 1201 Eye Street, NW (2255) 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Phone: (202) 354-2215

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Reviewers evaluate applications according to the following considerations: Significance of the battlefield land as defined in the Reports Whether the proposed acquisition parcel lies within ABPP-defined battlefield Core and/or Battlefield Boundary Areas and outside the legislative boundaries of any associated National Parks Availability of required matching funds Acquisition schedule Threat to the battlefield land Foremost consideration is given to application packages for acquisition proposals at battlefields defined as Priority I or II sites in the CWSAC 1993 Report or the ABPP 2007 Rev War/War of 1812 Report. More specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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