African American Civil Rights History Grants


This program, also known as Civil Rights Grants, supports projects that document, interpret and preserve sites and stories related to the African American struggle for civil rights in the 20th century.

Eligible uses of funds include survey, planning and documentation of historic sites/events, and creation of interpretive and educational materials around significant sites (including oral histories). Eligible project categories are:

  • survey and planning
  • research and documentation
  • interpretation and education

Local, state and tribal governments, educational institutions, nonprofits

Role In Creative Placemaking

These funds could be used for planning or display of historic or culturally significant sites, as part of a creative placemaking strategy. Funds can also support programs that engage community members, such as collection of oral histories.


Not required


Freedom Fighters of the West End: Research and Interpretation of Charlotte’s Historic West End Civil Rights Activists – A project of Johnson C. Smith University – Charlotte, NC

African American Civil Rights Trail – Cleveland, OH

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.