A call for grant proposals for the 2022-23 National Maritime Heritage Grant Program was announced by the National Park Service. There is $1.1 million available, but that amount may increase to $2 million pending the further transfer of funds from the US Maritime Administration. MARAD provides funding for the grant program through a percentage of monies collected from recycling vessels.
The application process for 2022 is radically changed.
Proposals will be submitted to the National Park Service only by State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). They are due September 20, 2022. Each SHPO is eligible to receive up to $750,000. The SHPO will then subgrant to organizations within their state. Proposals from organizations in the state must meet the SHPOs guidelines.
So, if a state SHP Officer does not apply for, and receive a grant from NPS—maritime organizations in that state are cut out of the grant program. They will have no place to apply.
NPS only expects to award about 10 grants. That means that ca 10 states, territories, District of Columbia, among the 59 SHPOs will receive a grant.
Note: Grants by NPS to SHPOs are in the usual two areas: Preservation and Education, or both. So, if you contact your state SHPO and urge the submission to NPS of a proposal, make sure the proposal you plan to submit to your SHPO will fit the SHPOs guidelines for subgrants—in education or preservation. The SHPO proposal to NPS can include both preservation and education projects. I would urge you to ask the SHPO to submit in both Education and Preservation areas.
Note, and be aware: (from NPS guidance)
“Whether submitting an application to one of these areas (Education or Preservation), or an application to both, prime grantees (SHPOs) must determine the focus and criteria for the competitive subgrant program they wish to administer and describe this program in the application submitted to the National Park Service. If successful, prime grantees (SHPOs) will implement their own application process and project selection criteria for choosing which subgrant projects will be funded. Prime grantees may also fund “in house” projects. Subgrant projects are expected to be awarded competitively.”
I urge you to find out if your SHPO has some personal “in-house project” in mind that would soak up all the grant funds.
See the NPS maritime heritage page for how this new grant program is to work.
Link to SHPO directory for individual states, territories, DC: https://ncshpo.org/directory/ This will provide the name and contact information of your SHPO.
You must reach out now to your SHPO to assure submission of a proposal by September 20.