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Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants (BLAG)

Grants to USA Agencies and Nonprofits to
Acquire and Protect Historic Civil War Sites

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National Park Service Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP)

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06/30/19 11:59 PM Pacific


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Grants starting at $1,000 to USA state and local government agencies for the acquisition and preservation of Civil War battlefield sites. Funding is intended to help communities purchase land through fee simple methods, or acquire a protective interest in eligible land through easements.

Grants must be used to acquire battlefield land or to acquire a permanent, protective interest (i.e., a perpetual protective easement) in battlefield land. Additional costs associated with the acquisition – such as appraisal costs, survey fees, title insurance, and other closing costs – are also eligible grant costs. Eligible battlefields are those listed in the CWSAC’s 1993 Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields. Proposals for purchases at CWSAC Priority I and II sites will be given highest consideration. Eligible acquisitions should lie within the “core” areas of CWSAC battlefields (CWSAC “core” and “study” area maps are available from the ABPP). Proposals to acquire land outside of the “core” area but within the “study” area are eligible, but will be considered a lower priority than proposals to purchase “core” area land only.

In cases where a State government agency will acquire and manage the property, the State must enter into a letter of agreement with the NPS. If the agency is other than the State Historic Preservation Office, the letter must also state that pre-development site planning (such as surveys to identify significant landscape and historic features, and archeological investigations) and final construction designs are subject to approval by the State Historic Preservation Officer. In all other cases, grantees or subgrantees must encumber the title to the acquired battlefield property with a preservation easement, in favor of and enforceable in court by the State Historic Preservation Officer, or by another government agency acceptable to the NPS, in perpetuity.

The fundamental purpose of the Land and Water Conservation Fund is to help acquire and/or develop public outdoor recreation areas. Accordingly, grantees must provide for public access to lands or interests in lands acquired with assistance from this program, subject to necessary and reasonable measures on the part of the grantee to protect the historic features of the battlefield from damage or loss. Where the grantee will place an easement on the property, the grantee must include language in the easement that indicates the type and degree of public access to be made available to the property. At a minimum, lands purchased with LWCF funds must be visible from public rights-of-way.

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GrantWatch ID#: 160302

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Expected Number of Awards: 30

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
- Award Floor: $1,000


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants will be awarded to units of State and local governments. In any case where a private nonprofit organization seeks to acquire battlefield land with assistance from this program, that organization must apply in partnership with a State or local government agency sponsor. The government agency may then subgrant the Federal funds to the nonprofit organization.

In any case where a local government or a private nonprofit organization acquires land or an interest in land with assistance from this program, it must convey a perpetual protective easement on the land to the State Historic Preservation Officer or other governmental agency acceptable to the National Park Service.

Grant funds cannot be used for acquisition of interests in land that is already permanently protected.

No lands located within the legislative boundaries of National Parks may receive funding through this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Rolling applications, until June 30, 2019, 11:50 PM Pacific. Applicants may submit their proposals to the NPS at any time. The NPS will review all complete application packages as they are received.

The ABPP encourages applicants to contact the ABPP staff before submitting an application package.

The NPS will notify applicants for projects at Priority III and IV battlefields of its decision after it considers pending Priority I and II application packages but no later than 120 days after receipt of a complete application package. If an applicant at a Priority III or IV battlefield gives a compelling reason to expedite a decision on an application package, the NPS may agree to do so.

Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants may be used to pay up to 50% of the total cost—the sum of both the cost of the land or protective easement to be purchased and any necessary fees—of the real estate transaction. A dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match is required. Non-Federal matching share may be in cash, loans (see below), landowner donations of lands or interests in lands (also partial donations, such as bargain sales that reduce the cost of the acquisition below its fair market value), or any combination thereof.

Before the NPS will release grant funds, the NPS must receive and approve a property appraisal to the NPS that supports the proposed acquisition cost. The appraisal must be completed within 180 calendar days of the signing of the contract to purchase the property. The cost of the appraisal is an allowable cost for this grant.

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Send applications via commercial overnight service or courier service to:

Kristen McMasters
National Park Service
1201 Eye Street, NW - 2255
Washington, DC 20005

Send applications via U.S. Postal Service (including Priority and Express mail) to:

Kristen McMasters
American Battlefield Protection Program
National Park Service
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW - 2255
Washington, DC 20240-0001

Please address questions and requests to:

Melanie O'Brien

Kelley Smith

Kristen McMasters

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Colorado;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Indiana;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   New Mexico;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia