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  • 31 Aug 2022 11:36 AM | Anonymous member

    Tate House Museum, in partnership with the City of Portland, has been awarded a Certified Local Government grant in the amount of $19,526. This grant is administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, and the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and will support, in part, the development of new campus signage for Tate and Means Houses as well as construction of a new historic fence along the western boundary of the Tate House.

    For more information, contact Holly K. Hurd, hkhurd@tatehouse.org


  • 16 Aug 2022 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Six IMLS Grant Opportunities Now Available to Support Museum Services


    Applications Accepted Now Through November 15, 2022

    WASHINGTON, DC—Museums and related organizations across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museum services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting applications for six grant programs:



    Applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2022. Applicants should review the notices of funding opportunity carefully to understand each program’s specific goals and objectives, which reflect the agency’s focus on championing lifelong learning, strengthening community engagement, and advancing collections stewardship and access.


    “IMLS funding supports exceptional programs aligned with lifelong learning, professional development, and community engagement,” said Laura Huerta Migus, Deputy Director of the Office of Museum Services. “Museums are increasingly adding community voices into their collections and archives to match the preservation of history and the presentation of knowledge and culture to the needs of individual communities. Each year the programs, activities, and partnerships IMLS funds increasingly demonstrate the expanded inclusivity and accessibility of museums.” 


    Prospective grant applicants are invited to view webinars on how to choose the appropriate funding opportunity and to learn more about each grant program. Visit the IMLS website for a listing of on-demand webinars.


    For questions or guidance, please contact the staff members listed on the grant program web pages.



    Photo: Volunteer Bruce T. shares in the mysteries of clouds with two junior space explorers. (Photo courtesy of Chabot Space & Science Center)


    View this email online.

    About the Institute of Museum and Library Services


    The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums. We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grantmaking, research, and policy development. IMLS envisions a nation where individuals and communities have access to museums and libraries to learn from and be inspired by the trusted information, ideas, and stories they contain about our diverse natural and cultural heritage. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


  • 07 Aug 2022 6:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The goal of the African American Civil Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with the struggle for equality from the transatlantic slave trade forward. Additional funding will also be available to tell the civil rights story of all Americans through a separate notice of funding for fiscal year (FY) 2022 (see History of Equal Rights Notice of Funding Opportunity P22AS00644).

    Who May Apply

    • States and Territories
    • Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314
    • Local Governments, including Certified Local Governments
    • Non-profit Organizations

    What Is Funded

    Pre-preservation and Preservation Projects

    • Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which 20% may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $75,000.
    • Preservation projects fund physical preservation of historic sites to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with laws, such as Section 106 and NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/easement.
    • Eligible costs: pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
    • Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district.

    History Projects

    • History grant projects must range from $15,000 to $75,000 in federal share.
    • Eligible costs include survey, planning, and documentation of historic sites/events, creation of interpretive and educational materials around significant sites (including oral histories), and conservation of significant civil rights collections.
    • Successful applications will emphasize innovative strategies, creative projects with measurable results, and include cross-generational engagement that promote and preserve the community’s civil rights resources. Projects should involve public-private partnerships and serve as models to communities nationwide. Your project must ft one of the categories listed below. If a project overlaps more than one category, select the dominant category.
      • Survey and Planning
      • Interpretation and Education
      • Research and Documentation
      • Collections Conservation
    Apply to AACR

    Process and Deadlines

    This program is administered by the National Park Service. Congress has appropriated $21,750,000 for this grant program in Fiscal Year 2022. Applications are due November 8, 2022. All applications must be made through Grants.gov. No paper applications will be accepted. Registration in Grants.gov, SAM.gov, and other federal systems can take up to four weeks, so please start early. To be notified when the opportunity opens, please go to Grants.gov and subscribe to a saved search for CFDA 15.904.

    Now Accepting Applications

    Underrepresented Community (URC) Grant Program

    The goal of the Underrepresented Community grant program is to support 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.

    Application Deadline is August 10, 2022

    The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00294.

    History of Equal Rights (HER) Grant Program

    The goal of the History of Equal Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of equal rights for any American.

    Application Deadline is September 14, 2022

    The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00644.

    FY2022 Funding Opportunities Coming Soon...

    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program

    The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program, named in honor of the late preservation leader from Vermont, fosters economic development in rural communities through the rehabilitation of historic buildings in those communities. The program provides recipients (referred to as prime grantees) with a single grant that is then regranted in smaller amounts to individual projects (subgrants). 

    Opening Fall 2022

    CFDA 15.904



    The Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for our FY22 programs are anticipated spring through fall 2022. We recommend applicants set up a saved search on Grants.gov for CFDA 15.929 for Save America's Treasures and 15.932 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and 15.904 for all other programs to be notified when the opportunity becomes available. Here are instructions on setting up a saved search on Grants.gov Subscribe to Saved Searches (grants.gov)

    The application period is typically 90 days. Therefore, the deadline to apply will be 90 days after the NOFO is posted to Grants.gov. Because the window to apply for funding is limited, we encourage applicants to plan well ahead of the deadline. Information on applying to all our programs is available through our website year-round: State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (nps.gov)

  • 20 Jul 2022 1:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TPS Fest 2022 is here!

    Do you teach with primary sources? Would you like to share and learn with other like-minded people with all levels and types of experience? Join the Teaching with Primary Sources community for an informative and fun event filled with a variety of attendee-driven sessions and happenings covering all aspects of primary source instruction. 

    When: August 2, 3, and 4, 2022

    Where: Online (Zoom)

    Cost: Free

    TPS Fest is open to students, teachers, librarians, archivists, museum workers, and lifelong learners of all kinds. We hope to see you there and learn from your experiences with (and questions about) teaching with primary sources.

    Register now at tpscollective.org. Our schedule is online with links to register for each session individually. 

    TPS Fest is possible because of attendees and volunteers. Are you interested in getting involved in this year’s Fest or in a future event? Email tpsfest@tpscollective.org to volunteer as a chat moderator or Zoom tech person, or to get more info on how you can help promote the event.

  • 27 May 2022 5:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants

     
    National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior

    National Park Service
    U.S. Department of the Interior

    History of Equal Rights Grants Program FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity

    Applications due September 13, 2022

    LeMoyne House

    LeMoyne House – designated a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service - Southern façade perspective. Photo Credit: Photographer Unknown.

    The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for the History of Equal Rights (HER) grant program. Before applying, please make sure that you have read and understand the limitations of each funding program and have carefully reviewed the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains all the information you will need to create a successful application.

    Congress has appropriated $4.625 million for the HER program. Grant projects fund physical preservation or pre-preservation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of equal rights for any American.

    What is Funded:

    • Preservation projects must range from $75,000 to $750,000 in federal share, of which 20% may go toward pre-preservation costs such as architectural or engineering services. Grant applications that solely involve pre-preservation work must range from $15,000 to $75,000.
    • Preservation projects fund physical preservation of a historic site to include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures, and objects. Projects must comply with relevant laws, such as Section 106 and NEPA, and execute a preservation covenant/easement.
    • Eligible costs: pre-preservation studies, architectural plans and specifications, historic structure reports, and the repair and rehabilitation of historic properties according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation.
    • Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district. Significance must be associated with equal rights. Projects that are not listed on the National Register or are not listed in association with equal rights must include a nomination or amendment to an existing nomination as part of their project.

    What is not Funded:

    • Construction of new buildings
    • Acquisition of collections or historic sites
    • Conservation of collections
    • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
    • Reconstructing historic properties (recreating all or a significant portion that no longer exists or was removed)
    • Moving or work on moved historic properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the NRHP
    • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fund-raising costs
    • Work performed prior to announcement of award
    • Lobbying or advocacy activities
    • Costs for work already completed or funded through other federal programs
    • Administrative costs may not be over 25% of project budget
    • Miscellaneous costs, contingencies, reserves, and overhead

    Applications are due September 13, 2022.

    Go.nps.gov/her

    Apply Now

    Grant Programs Accepting Applications

    Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant Program

    The goal of the Underrepresented Community grant program is to support 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.

    Application Deadline is August 10, 2022

    The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00294.

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    FY2022 Funding Opportunities Coming Soon... 

    African American Civil Rights (AACR) Grant Program

    The goal of the African American Civil Rights grant program is to preserve and protect sites associated with the struggle for equality from the transatlantic slave trade forward. Additional funding will also be available to tell the civil rights story of all Americans through a separate notice of funding for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

    Opening Summer 2022 

    CFDA 15.904

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    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization (Rural) Grant Program

    The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Program, named in honor of the late preservation leader from Vermont, fosters economic development in rural communities through the rehabilitation of historic buildings in those communities. The program provides recipients (referred to as prime grantees) with a single grant that is then regranted in smaller amounts to individual projects (subgrants). 

    Opening Fall 2022

    CFDA 15.904

    Rural thumbnail
    Grants.gov logo

    The Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for our FY22 programs are anticipated spring through fall 2022. We recommend applicants set up a saved search on Grants.gov for CFDA 15.929 for Save America's Treasures and 15.932 for Historically Black Colleges & Universities and 15.904 for all other programs to be notified when the opportunity becomes available. Here are instructions on setting up a saved search on Grants.gov Subscribe to Saved Searches (grants.gov)

    The application period is typically 90 days. Therefore, the deadline to apply will be 90 days after the NOFO is posted to Grants.gov. Because the window to apply for funding is limited, we encourage applicants to plan well ahead of the deadline. Information on applying to all our programs is available through our website year-round: State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (nps.gov)

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants 

    State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants (STLPG) Division of the National Park Service manages 11 competitive and formula grant programs funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). Our grant programs assist with a variety of historic preservation projects through partnerships with State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, local communities, and preservation organizations across the United States and her territories. 

    Grant Programs


  • 09 May 2022 1:11 PM | Anonymous member



    Tate House Museum Welcomes You To Their Annual Plant Sale


    Portland --- It’s that time of year again when fingers are itching to get out into the garden. On May 21 from 9AM to Noon the Tate House Museum at 1267 Westbrook St., Portland invites you to shop for perennials and annuals for your garden. Come and enjoy a cup of coffee while you pick out those special plants.


    The popular plant sale features perennials divided from Tate House Museum Garden along with other perennials from members’ gardens. There will also be a variety of annual flowers, vegetable seedlings and hanging baskets to choose from as well. This can be your one-stop shop for your garden this year. Please note we also take donations of perennials as long as they are potted and marked with the variety and color of bloom.


    Proceeds from the sale support the mission of the Tate House Museum, the only Pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland open to the public.



    FMI: Contact Holly Hurd

    Tate House Museum

    1267 Westbrook Street

    Portland, ME 04102

    hkhurd@tatehouse.org

    207-774-6177



  • 29 Mar 2022 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS AVAILABLE NOW

    Application Deadline: June 22,2021

    Draft applications accepted for technical review through June 1, 2022.

     

    The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the availability of Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants for 2022.   The Commission anticipates awarding approximately $94,000 in one-to-one matching grants for the preparation of National Register nominations, architectural or archaeological surveys, and preservation planning, education, development, or pre-development projects statewide.  The minimum grant award is normally $5,000.  For development or pre-development projects eligible historic buildings and sites are those that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as contributing resources in a National Register listed historic district.  Eligible applicants are limited to state agencies, county governments, municipal governments, educational institutions, and private non-profit institutions as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Projects must be directed by persons with professional credentials as defined by the Department of the Interior, and must be completed by September 30, 2024. 

     

    The Commission’s 2022 Historic Preservation Grant Manual provides information about eligible projects and expenses, as well as the project selection process and selection criteria.  Funding priorities for 2022 include municipal or regional level planning for the effects of climate change on historic resources; providing planning assistance to CLG communities; diversifying identification and registration efforts to include everyone’s history; identifying and providing protection for particularly vulnerable resources; supporting pre-development, development and archaeology projects; and increasing awareness of historic preservation activities through education, outreach, publications and events.  A complete list of funding priorities is available in the manual.

     

    Click Here for an application or the grant manual, or contact the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 55 Capitol Street, 65 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333-0065, (207) 287-2132.

     

    The Maine Historic Preservation Commission receives Federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties; under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted program.

  • 07 Mar 2022 9:26 AM | Anonymous member

    Maine Preservation is excited to be collaborating with Friends of Congress Square Park, Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Downtown Center, and Portland Downtown to bring Jane's Walk to communities across Maine on Saturday, May 7.


    What is Jane’s Walk? 

    Jane’s Walk is a global festival of free, volunteer-led walking conversations inspired by community activist Jane Jacobs. Jane’s Walks combine the simple act of exploring a place with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement. The annual Jane’s Walk festival takes place the first weekend in May, in more than 200 cities and towns around the globe. 

    Who was Jane Jacobs? 

    Jane Jacobs was a community activist and writer who lived from 1916-2006. She is best known for galvanizing New Yorkers to stop a highway from being built in her neighborhood. She believed in the power of individuals to influence the places they live. Today, her principles represent the participatory planning approaches that have been embraced in communities around the world. 

    Who can lead a Jane’s Walk? 

    You can! Anyone is welcome to lead a Jane’s Walk. Whether you are affiliated with an organization or an impassioned individual, Jane’s Walk is an opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with your community.

    Click here to learn more about Jane's Walk ME!

  • 16 Feb 2022 10:08 AM | Anonymous member

    Hosted by the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum

    March 9, 2022 • 7:00 PM (ET)

    Join us online!

    Photographer Shaun O’Boyle has traveled to both polar regions to capture the stark beauty of remote and beautiful Arctic and Antarctic landscapes. With a background in architecture and engineering, his images often focus on the built environment, where Western exploration and industrial activities intersect and engage with the unique landscapes of polar lands. From sophisticated telescopes imaging the cosmic microwave background at South Pole Station to the long-abandoned remains of exploration and mining camps, O’Boyle’s photographs explore the complex interplay of human endeavor, environmental extremes, and the passage of time.

  • 21 Jan 2022 10:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    January 2022

    The LeDroit Building, once home to the first law school founded by women, for women. Photo courtesy of Jason Hornwick (photographer); DC Preservation League.

    The Underrepresented Community (#URC) Grant Program 

    application deadline has been extended to February 8, 2022!


    The National Park Service’s Underrepresented Community Grant Program (URC) works towards diversifying the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. URC grants are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and are administered by the NPS. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. Congress has appropriated $1,000,000 for the URC Grant Program. Eligible applicants are limited to State Historic Preservation Offices, Federally Recognized Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations, and Certified Local Governments. Applications are due February 8, 2022.


    Learn more about URC


    Apply to URC via Grants.gov 


    Competitive Grant Programs Now Accepting Applications

    Estey Hall, Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Photo Courtesy of Shaw University.

    Historically Black Colleges and Universities Grant Program


    HBCU grants document, preserve, and stabilize historic structures on HBCU campuses. Eligibility information has been changed for this application cycle to expand the types of resources that may receive a grant. Congress has appropriated $10,000,000 in HBCU funding for FY2021.


    Applications are due January 25, 2022.


    Learn more about HBCU


    Apply to HBCU via Grants.gov

    Centre Market Square Historic District in Wheeling, West Virginia. Photo courtesy of Erin Yaeger.

    Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program



    Subgrant programs enable the rehabilitation of historic properties and rehabilitate, protect, and foster economic development of rural communities. Congress has appropriated $7.5 million in funding for FY2021.


    Applications are due February 22, 2022.



    Learn more about Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grants


    Apply to Paul Bruhn via Grants.gov



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