Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites

To provide for the preservation and interpretation of historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

The program was established to encourage projects that identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair, and acquire historic confinement

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sites in order that present and future generations may learn and gain inspiration from these sites and that these sites will demonstrate the Nation's commitment to equal justice under the law.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Since it began, the program has awarded nearly $21 million in grants for projects that involve 20 states and the District of Columbia.

Examples of funded projects include: ■ Rohwer Relocation Camp Cemetery Preservation (Arkansas)?stabilization and restoration of grave markers in the camp cemetery, a National Historic Landmark.

■ Poston Preservation Project (Arizona)? relocation and rehabilitation of one of the barracks at the Colorado River Relocation Center.

■ The Registry: A Documentary Film about the Military Intelligence Service Language School in Minnesota?a documentary about Japanese Americans who served as interrogators, interpreters, and linguists with the Military Intelligence Service during World War II.

■ Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project (Idaho)?archeological survey of camp structures and landscape features; public outreach on survey findings.

■ Heart Mountain Interpretive Learning Center (Wyoming)?construction of a new visitors center to include exhibitsand recreated structures, and the development of a website to host online tours and interactive K-12 curricula to engage visitors and students in the lives of Japanese Americans confined to the camp.

■ Teach the Teachers (Multiple Sites)?a curriculum package and teacher workshops to enhance student learning about the incarceration of Japanese Americans.

■ From Barbed Wire to Barbed Hooks (California)?this documentary tells the story of Manzanar incarcerees who sought moments of freedom by crawling under the incarceration site?s barbed wire fences to go trout fishing in nearby streams and alpine lakes.

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.

Kara Miyagishima, Program Manager Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program National Park Service 12795 W.

Alameda Parkway Lakewood, CO 80228 P.O.

Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225-0287 Phone: 303-969-2885 Fax: 303-987-6675.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Mid Peninsula Community Media Center, Inc $ 72,892   2022-09-152024-08-01
Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial $ 153,952   2022-09-152024-08-01
Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center $ 136,081   2022-09-152024-08-01
Japanese American Citizens League $ 165,300   2022-08-012024-08-01
Community Partners $ 141,986   2022-08-012024-08-01
Japanese American National Museum $ 327,974   2022-08-012024-08-01
Japanese Cultural Center Of Hawaii $ 63,596   2022-08-012024-08-01
Visual Communications Media $ 99,061   2022-08-012024-08-01
Heart Mountain Wy Foundation $ 40,577   2022-08-012024-08-01
Center For Independent Documentary, Inc., The $ 297,472   2022-08-012024-08-01

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Fiscal Year 2016: Financial assistance was provided to 15 entities, including political subdivisions, universities and non-profit organizations. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Japanese American Confinement Sites grant funds may be used for identifying, researching, evaluating, interpreting, protecting, restoring, repairing, and acquiring historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II as authorized by the Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Act of 2006.

These historic confinement sites are defined as the ten War Relocation Authority camps (Gila River, Granada (Amache), Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz, and Tule Lake), as well as other historically significant locations, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.

These sites are specifically identified in Confinement and Ethnicity: An Overview of World War II Japanese American Relocation Sites, published by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Western Archaeological and Conservation Center, in 1999.

For further information, Please contact the Regional Office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant may be State and local agencies, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, State colleges and universities, public and private colleges and universities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Providing present and future generations of Americans learning opportunities about the nation?s commitment to equal justice under the law.


Applicant must submit proof of applicant's governmental, non-profit or institutional status; a letter from the owner giving consent to the grant applicant as the grantee of record to undertake work on the property or collection (if applicable). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


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

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 each year. Recommendations will be approved by the Secretary of Interior through an apportionment process. Grants will be awarded by NPS directly to selected grantees.


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


Preservation of Japanese American Confinement Sites Act, Public Law 109-441, 120 Stat. 3288.

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 . Generally 60 ? 120 days.


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, upon request.


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: Each grant requires a 2:1 Federal to non-Federal match; that is, to receive two dollars of Federal funds at least one dollar non-Federal match is required. The match may be composed of cash or in-kind contributions. The non-Federal match may be raised and spent during the grant period; it does not have to be 'in the bank' at the time of application. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

1-2 years will be the typical duration of funded awards. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance released on a reimbursable basis as costs are incurred.

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.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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 16 $2,913,275; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $16,000.00 - $250,000.00 Average:$150,000.00.

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. Kara Miyagishima, Program Manager Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program National Park Service 12795 W. Alameda Parkway Lakewood, CO 80228 P.O. Box 25287 Denver, CO 80225-0287 Phone: 303-969-2885 Fax: 303-987-6675.

Headquarters Office

Kara Miyagishima, National Park Service - Intermountain Regional Office, 12795 W. Alameda Parkway, Lakewood, Colorado 80228 Email: Phone: (303) 969-2885.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on Eligible project types include: capital projects, documentation, oral history interviews, interpretation and education related to historic confinement sites, preservation of confinement sites and related historic resources, planning projects, and non-Federal real property acquisition (allowed only with the owner?s written permission at only Heart Mountain, Honouliuli, Jerome, Rohwer, and Topaz, per stipulations of Public Laws 109-441 and 11188), all benefitting one or more historic Japanese American confinement sites (as established by Public Law 109-441).

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