Fund a Preservation Project

A three-masted ship at dock.
A Maritime Heritage grant recipient Balclutha moored along Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, California.

NPS/ San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park

Historic Tax Credits & Financial Assistance

Preservation projects include a wide range of activities from bricks-and-mortar rehabilitation to neighborhood surveys and documentation efforts.

Funding a preservation project often requires a complex combination of public and private dollars. Listed on this page are the funding opportunities administered by the National Park Service. Additional funding sources include other federal agencies, state, and tribal historic preservation offices, private foundations, and community development organizations.

The cover of a report published for the 35th anniversary of the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit program featuring a large brick Victorian building.
Historic tax credits have been available for more than 35 years and have been used by more than 40,000 projects.

Tax Credits

The Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is a 20% federal income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic income-producing buildings. It provides an incentive to private developers to preserve historic properties and often close a financial gap necessary to make projects a reality.

Historic Preservation Fund

The Historic Preservation Fund supports a variety of projects in communities across the United States through grants for technical assistance and capacity building in state governments, local governments, and tribal governments. We directly fund projects in support of historic places in communities in more than 200 recognized tribes, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the territories, the 3 Freely Associated States, and more than 2,000 localities. Our work supports historic properties and place-based identity, key components to the social and economic vitality of our communities.

Explore more about the Historic Preservation Fund and the grant programs we administer that fund a wide variety of preservation projects.

Four women work together on a craft project.
Tribal heritage grants fund a wide variety of activities from historic building repair to programs that preserve traditional cultural practices.

NPS/ Tribal Heritage Grant Files

Historic Preservation Fund Grant Programs

  • State Historic Preservation Office grants
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Office grants
  • African American Civil Rights Grants
  • Disaster Recovery Grants
  • Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) Grants
  • History of Equal Rights Grants
  • Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program
  • Save America's Treasures Grants
  • Tribal Heritage Grants
  • Underrepresented Community Grants
Visit the State, Tribal, Local Plans & Grants Division website to learn more about these Historic Preservation Fund grants, including information on how to apply, funding limitations, and past grant recipients.

Historic Preservation Fund Grant Programs Accepting Applications

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    Resource Preservation Grants

    Several programs that focus on specific historic and cultural resource types offer grants.

    American Battlefield Protection Program grants: eligible activities include land and easement acquisition, planning, interpretation, and battlefield restoration.

    NAGPRA grants: Grants for consultation and documentation as well as repatriation activities for Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

    National Maritime Heritage grants: Grants for education and preservation projects related to historic maritime resources.

    Research and Technology Grants

    Preservation Technology and Training grants are available to undertake innovative research or determine ways to adapt existing technology with the goal of providing solutions to national needs in the field of historic preservation.

    Last updated: November 16, 2022


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