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Federal Financial Assistance Specifically for Historic PreservationSpecific Historic Properties
Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants
Land acquisition grants are available through the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service for the purchase of battlefield land or protective interest in such land at threatened Civil War battlefields. In FY 2008, $5 million is available from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for this program. A dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match is required.
The American Battlefield Protection Program also funds grants to assist in planning for, studying, and interpreting historic battlefields. Most recipients in this program contribute matching funds or in-kind services. In FY 2007, approximately $492,184 was awarded.
The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act, known as the "Farm Bill" and signed by President Bush on May 13, 2002, created the Historic Barn Preservation Program, in which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will undertake research and disseminate information on the history and preservation needs of historic barns.
The program also includes a grant component, whereby USDA will grant funds to States and non-profit organizations to preserve and rehabilitate historic barns. To date, this program has not been funded.
As part of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, the Federal Highway Administration undertakes research and disseminates information on the history and preservation needs of historic covered bridges. The program also includes a grant component, whereby States can apply for grants to preserve and rehabilitate these historic properties. In FY 2006, $8.613 million was allocated.
The National Park Service's Maritime Heritage Program has a grants program for maritime heritage education and preservation projects, but currently there is no grant funding available. National Maritime Heritage Grants are to be funded with 25 percent of the proceeds from scrapping vessels of the National Defense Reserve Fleet. However, problems concerning environmental and worker safety issues have led to delays in vessel disposal, resulting in no funding for the program at this time.
National Wildlife Refuge System "Preserve America" Grant Program