WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today announced the award of more than $1.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition at five Civil War battlefields. Grant recipients include battlefields at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ($217,000); Wilson’s Creek, Missouri ($400,000); Bentonville, North Carolina ($114,000); Cedar Creek, Virginia ($430,000); and Chancellorsville, Virginia ($246,425).
“We are pleased to award land acquisition grants to help safeguard these important American Civil War battlefields,” said Director Jarvis. “As our nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, it is especially important to preserve these sites, which will allow future generations to walk these hallowed grounds and understand the sacrifice of former generations that helped define us as a nation and a people today.”
The grants were made from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) to help states and local communities acquire and preserve threatened Civil War battlefield land outside the boundaries of National Park units. Priority was given to battlefields listed in the National Park Service’s Civil War Sites Advisory Commission Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields (CWSAC Report). Funds were awarded based on the property’s location within CWSAC-defined core and/or study areas, the threat to the battlefield land to be acquired, and the availability of required non-Federal matching funds.
The grant funds were made available under the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-10), which appropriated $8,982,000 for the Civil War battlefield land acquisition grants program. Applications for the balance of the funds are accepted at any time. Criteria to consider in the applying for the Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants include:
The LWCF Civil War Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants are awarded through a competitive process to units of state and local governments.
Private non-profit groups may apply in partnership with state or local government sponsors; Each grant requires a dollar-for-dollar non-Federal match.
Grants are available for the fee simple acquisition of land, or for the acquisition of permanent, protective interests in land at Civil War battlefields listed in the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission's (CWSAC) 1993 Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields. Higher consideration will be given to proposals for acquisition of endangered lands at battlefields defined as Priority I or II sites in the CWSAC report.
Complete guidelines for grant eligibility and application forms are available online at: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp
For further information, contact Kristen McMasters, Grants Manager, at 202-354-2037 or email@example.com
Posted: November 11, 2011
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