WASHINGTON, DC – A new $ 3.5 million program designed to help preserve and interpret historic places that reflect the inclusive narrative of American cultural history was presented this week by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue Plan Humanities Grantmaking for Organizations.
The goal of the new program, titled “Telling the Story: Supporting the Stewards of America’s Diverse Historic Places,” is to maintain diverse cultural sites of significance to underrepresented communities, especially those that have been severely affected for nearly two years of pandemic shutdown. . The National Trust plans to award grants of $ 25,000 and $ 50,000 to 60 to 80 humanities-based organizations as part of the initiative in an effort to support an inclusive American narrative that represents all people involved in the formation of the history and identity of the nation.
“So many cultural institutions often operate without the material resources they really need,” said Paul Edmondson, President and CEO of the National Trust, “but they survive thanks to the courage and determination of the committed few. . This program is a visionary effort by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Humanities to recognize these custodians of American identity and strengthen their ability to tell all of American history. In many cases, these grants will act as a lifeline for institutions operating on the fringes, but which hold the keys to our American past. “
“The National Trust views historic places as powerful primary sources, and their preservation and interpretation advances our quest for a more perfect union,” said Katherine Malone-France, National Trust Preservation Officer. “The very presence of these places and the institutions that manage them makes a positive difference in our country. They tell us the truth about ourselves and claim that it has taken many cultures, a variety of peoples, all of whom have brought their strength, ingenuity and sacrifices to help build our nation. It is the unifying common national story that these grants are meant to express and help support. “
A wide range of 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations based in the humanities are eligible for these grants, including national and local preservation organizations, historic sites, museums, historical societies and genealogical associations, as well as accredited university programs in historical preservation. , public history and cultural studies of under-represented groups. In addition, local and state government agencies, such as state historic preservation offices, tribal historic preservation offices, city and county preservation offices and planning departments, national and local focused commissions on different aspects of heritage, as well as historical sites and public museums are also eligible. .
Grants will help preserve and interpret historic places of significance to underrepresented communities including, but not limited to, women, immigrants, Asian Americans, Black Americans, Latinos -Americans, Native Americans and LGBTQA communities. Funding will be awarded in these categories:
● Researching, planning, and implementing humanities-based public interpretive programs that use various historic locations to tell the full story of the United States;
● Humanities-based research and documentation to enable local, state and federal landmark designations to recognize places of importance to under-represented communities;
● Architectural design and planning to advance the preservation and activation of historic buildings and landscapes that tell the story of the United States; and,
● Humanities training workshops to help under-represented groups preserve and interpret historic places that tell the story of the United States.
To sign up for updates to the grant program, please visit https://support.savingplaces.org/page/5786/data/1?_ga=2.173059236.640077548.1632320643-1484222796.1532090767&_gl=1*13u8chd*_ga*MTQ4NDI4YxMjDy0iwtm * MTYzMjQ5MDQ5NS4xNDkuMC4xNjMyNDkwNDk1LjYw to join the list of grants interest.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded organization working to save America’s historic places.