History of Equal Rights (HER) Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2023

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 $5 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 July 11, 2023. 


Underrepresented Communities (URC) Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity for FY2023

The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for the Underrepresented Communities 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. The Notice of Funding Opportunity contains all the information you will need to create a successful application.

Congress has appropriated $1.25 million for the Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) for FY 2023. The URC Grant Program supports 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.

Eligible applicants include: State Historic Preservation Offices; Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages/Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations, as defined by 54 USC 300309, 54 USC 300313, and 54 USC 300314; and, Certified Local Governments. NEW! The NPS will now accept URC Grant applications from U.S. nonprofit entities!

What is Funded

URC Grant Projects include 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. All funded projects must result in:

  • The submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places or National Historic Landmark program to include underrepresented communities, or
  • An amendment to an existing National Register or National Historic Landmark nomination to include underrepresented communities

What is Not Funded

  • Physical work on historic properties
  • Reconstruction or new construction
  • Moving historic properties, or work on moved properties that are no longer eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Lobbying or advocacy activities
  • Costs for work already completed, or funded through other federal programs
  • Acquisitions of historic sites or collections
  • Conservation of collections, except as part of gathering oral history documentation
  • Long-term maintenance or curatorial work beyond the grant period
  • Work completed prior to execution of Grant Agreement
  • Cash reserves, endowments, revolving funds, or fundraising costs
  • Administrative and indirect costs beyond 25% of the total project budget

Applications are due July 18, 2023.


AASLH America 250th Virtual Summit

AASLH Virtual Summit on America’s Upcoming 250th Anniversary

The American Association for State and Local History is hosting a virtual summit about America’s upcoming 250th anniversary on April 27-28. What should we commemorate, how, and why? The summit’s speakers will consider this question from various perspectives, exploring lessons learned from past commemorations, what commemoration looks like today, how we can design a meaningful 2026, and more. Join us as we envision a more inclusive approach to the commemoration of America’s Semiquincentennial! Register at https://learn.aaslh.org/products/commemoration-reconsidered-ethics-justice-and-americas-250th-anniversary-virtual-summit.

Wisconsin Maritime Museum Full-Time and Seasonal Positions

the Wisconsin Maritime Museum  is hiring for an Operations Coordinator, in addition to many seasonal opportunities.
The Operations Coordinator is responsible for supporting the daily operations of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, a mid-sized maritime museum located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The successful candidate will oversee and manage the administrative and logistical aspects of the museum’s operations, as well as coordinate visitor experience functions. The Coordinator will also recruit, support and manage the museum’s volunteer program. The Operations Coordinator will work closely with the Deputy Director to ensure that all aspects of the museum’s operations run smoothly and efficiently. Click HERE for more information.

Museum Registrar – Calvert Marine Museum

$51,615.00 – $59,168.00 Annually
Solomons, Maryland
Job Type
Merit Full Time
3/23/2023 11:59 PM Eastern
Job Summary
Please note: A complete application is required to be considered for a position within Calvert County Government. For more information and to apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/calvert/jobs/3927797/museum-registrar
Merit full time position, Grade 21, 35 hours per week.  
Performs museum technician work in maintaining official records of museum collections. Work involves preparing, cataloging and maintaining records of the accession, condition evaluation, location, photographic documentation, and related data regarding artifacts and archival collections while ensuring the proper storage, preservation, and exhibition of collection objects according to professional museum standards.
Essential Job Functions/Other Duties/KSA
Maintains acquisition records of all loans and donations of items.
Manages accessioning, cataloging, inventorying, storing, monitoring, and physical labeling of collection items.
Drafts collection conservation recommendations and performs preventive conservation procedures on collection items.
Manages a comprehensive computer systems program of museum’s collections: develops and implements databases for maintaining information and data regarding the museum cultural history collections; writes programs to print selected fields to produce customized forms, reports, and card files.
Answers inquiries and provides research assistance to staff and general public involving use of museum’s archival collections, library resources, or collections documentation.
Prepares itemized budgets and procures supplies needed for conservation and storage.
Arranges insurance coverage for items loaned to museum, via County risk manager.
Assists curator in reviewing and revising collections related policies and procedures.
Assists immediate supervisor with day-to-day operations and research projects.
Assists other museum departments in the installation, dismantling, and maintenance of exhibits, artifacts, and specimens.
Photographs, digitally and conventionally, museum collection items.
Maintains acquisition records of all loans and donation items and manages various data based. 
Operates and maintains environmental equipment used in monitoring artifacts in storage and on exhibit.
Reviews incoming loan contracts for sufficiency and prepares facility reports and other documentation to satisfy loan requirements.   Prepares outgoing loan agreements, permission use forms, etc.
Develops and revises Museum Hurricane and Disaster Recovery Plan and assists in the revision of Hurricane Preparedness Plan and Emergency Preparedness plan.
Other Duties
Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (These are pre-employment KSA that apply only to Essential Job Functions.)
Knowledge of–
  •  Methods and techniques of recording and storing museum artifacts and collections.
  •  Principles of PC operation, including word processing and database management programs such as Past Perfect.
 Ability to–
  •  Maintain records of museum collections and ensures their proper storage and preservation.
  •  Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  •  Operate PC and word processing/database management programs.
  •  Deal effectively with the public.
Minimum Qualifications
Required Qualifications (Note: Any acceptable combination of education, training and relevant experience that provides the above knowledge, abilities and skills may be substituted on a full-time year for year basis.)
Training and/or Education:
Bachelor’s degree in library science, history, or museum studies.  
Two years of experience in museum collections management practices.
Licenses or Certificates:
Valid driver’s license.
Other Information
Special Requirements:
Operation of a County owned vehicle.
Physical Demands:
Requires long periods of standing, frequent walking indoors, repeated bending, crouching, stooping, stretching or reaching; recurring lifting of objects up to 49 pounds; operation of keyboard devices. 
Unusual Demands:
FLSA Status:
Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities upon reasonable notice.
County application required.
Calvert County Government
184 A Main Street
Mailing Address: 175 Main Street
Prince Frederick, Maryland, 20678
410-535-1600 ext. 2401 or 2359
Fax 410-414-5617

International Yacht Restoration School Seeks New President

POSITION PROFILE: www.imsearch.com/open-searches/iyrs-school-technology-and-trades/president

This is an extraordinary opportunity to strengthen and grow a unique technology and trade school that produces exceptional student outcomes. IYRS is valued by students for its hands-on, team-based learning model and sought out by employers for its highly skilled graduates. Named one of the Best Maker Schools in the world by Newsweek, IYRS possesses impressive facilities on the Newport harbor front, expert faculty, and respect from industry and the local community. IYRS alumni have started successful businesses and embarked on careers ranging from boat building to wind energy to aerospace to consumer goods.

IYRS currently offers four full-time, accredited certificate programs: Boatbuilding & Restoration, Marine Systems, Composites Technology, and Digital Modeling & Fabrication. Each year IYRS enrolls 90 to 100 students that represent a diverse mix of high school and college graduates, veterans, career changers, and up-skillers. IYRS is supported by a staff and faculty of 25 and a 33-member board of trustees and sits on a three-acre waterfront campus featuring four administrative and academic buildings and a working marina. Reporting to the President is a five-member leadership team. IYRS’s FY2022 operating budget is $4.3 million.

IYRS’s next President will have the opportunity to mold the right mix of academic programs, increase enrollment, diversify its financial resources, continue to develop the board, maintain philanthropic support, and create a clear and powerful communications strategy. The next President should bring leadership, financial stewardship, marketing, and management experience; a passion for experiential education and an entrepreneurial spirit; expertise in partnering with diverse constituencies; and a commitment to the mission of IYRS to prepare students to enter the global maker and manufacturing workforce.

Tatiana Oberkoetter (she/her) | Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller | www.imsearch.com

1.617.933.1925 | toberkoetter@imsearch.com

263 Summer St | 7th Floor | Boston, MA 02210 USA

New Project from National Maritime Historical Society

Help us promote you and your organization’s mission!

Do you generate great educational materials for your organization? And once that exhibition or initiative ends, does it get shelved and relegated to a little-visited section of your org’s website?

What if there were a way for all of that great research and work to reach a new and larger audience?

The National Maritime Historical Society is developing Boom! a quarterly magazine publication for kids aged 6 – 11 on maritime and oceanic studies.

We would like to invite educators and staff at maritime museums, ocean research institutions, tall ships, and maritime educational organizations to submit articles of interest to this demographic.

If you don’t have time to write an article in a voice appropriate for our age range, our editors can adapt your pre-existing content. This means that almost any material on any subject having to do with maritime studies, including climate science, flora, fauna, shipping, ocean history, sailing and archaeology has publishing potential.

You and whoever else on your team who created the content will get credit, and your organization will be acknowledged prominently at the top of each piece. But this is an all-volunteer effort and has no budget to speak of. We are not in a position to offer fees or royalties at this time.

Because the magazine will have a very visual-centric focus, images and infographics are particularly desired. We will be requesting the right to use the images for promotional purposes worldwide, in perpetuity, which will allow us to post articles on social network sites and not have to limit their audience or remove them.

Please share this announcement with anyone who might have an interest. We’re hoping to show kids that we all have a lot to learn about ourselves and our history in relation to the water that unites us. We’re all, truly, in the same boat, and it’s only by working together that we can move forward towards a just, equitable and sustainable world.

The National Maritime Historical Society is a 501(c)3 educational organization that has served the maritime heritage community since 1963.

Thank you,

Nick Raposo

Director of Special Projects



NS Savannah PA is posted and available for public comment

I am pleased to report that Maritime Administrator Phillips concurred on the draft PA and approved it for posting to MARAD’s website for public comment.  We received the concurrence package back on Thursday the 8th.  The PA is now live on MARAD’s public facing website, and is open for comments through January 31, 2023.  Announcements were also posted on MARAD’s Facebook page and twitter feed.  We will refresh these periodically between now and the end of next month.

Programmatic Agreement for NS Savannah | MARAD (dot.gov)