1 Million in funding for battlefield interpretation

Battlefield Interpretation Grants (BIG) empower recipients to modernize and enhance battlefield education and interpretation – to inspire wonder, understanding and empathy at the places that witnessed some of our nation’s most challenging events. This grant program encourages the use of technology to connect with visitors through videos, mobile apps, interpretive signs, augmented reality and more.

Funding Overview

Two categories of grants are available for battlefield interpretation projects in different stages:

Scoping Grants

These are available to fund the early stages of project development, such as research and content creation, consultation with stakeholders, exploration of available technologies, audience research, and development of technical proposals. The federal share for these grants should range from $20,000-$50,000 and have a period of performance of 1-2 years.

Implementation Grants

These are available to applicants who have completed interdisciplinary scoping prior to the application and can provide draft content and design plans. The federal share for these grants should range from $50,000-$200,000 and have a period of performance of 2-3 years.

These grants require a non-Federal cost share of at least 50% of the total project costs, or a ratio of 1:1 with the total Federal funds

Eligibility Requirements

  • State, local and Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education can apply.
  • Eligible projects focus on Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and Civil War battlefield sites listed in ABPP's Battlefield Reports below.
  • Grants may not be used for the acquisition of property or services of direct benefit to the Federal government, including support of the day-to-day operations of a Federal agency.
  • The grants require a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match.
  • ABPP will give special thematic priority to applications that preserve and interpret historic sites associated with the American Revolutionary War in advance of the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence in 2026

Eligible Activities

Grants are available at the scoping level for planning and development and at the implementation level for projects ready for completion. All grant funds are awarded through a competitive merit review process.

Possible examples include:

  • Exhibit and signage
  • Digital and audiovisual media
  • Mobile games and experiences
  • 3D Documentation and modeling
  • Community engagement, education and interpretive programs using technology
  • Participatory research, transcription, and archiving

August 9, 2023

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