Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities


This grant program supports the survey, inventory and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among national historic landmarks.

All funded projects must result in:

  • the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program, or
  • an amendment to an existing national register or national historic landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities.

State historic preservation offices, tribal historic preservation offices, federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native groups, Native Hawai’ian organizations as defined by 54 U.S.C. 300300 et seq., and certified local governments

Role In Creative Placemaking

This award could be used to nominate a community historic site for the National Register as part of a broader culture-based revitalization or economic development strategy.


Not required


New York City Casitas Survey and Nomination Project – New York, NY

LGBTQ History sites survey – Washington, DC

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.