2020 National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Grants

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program (NTF) is pleased to announce that there will be $127,000 in grant funds available this year. In collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the NTF will be offering competitive grants ranging between $1000 and $10,000. Funds can be used for preservation and restoration of buildings associated with the Underground Railroad (UGRR), for interpretation, and for historical research related to Network to Freedom listings. Only Network to Freedom sites, programs, and facilities are eligible to apply.  Listings that were accepted for the January 15, 2020 round can also apply.

Preference will be given to those listings that have not previously received Network to Freedom grants and to those with matching funds. Also, in recognition of this year being the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, special consideration will be given to projects that focus on women and the Underground Railroad.

The grant application and instructions are here:

GUIDELINES AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (PDF)
GRANT APPLICATION (WORD)


APPLICATION CERTIFICATION FORM (PDF)
APPLICATION CERTIFICATION FORM (WORD)


OWNER CONCURRENCE FORM (PDF)
OWNER CONCURRENCE FORM (WORD)


CERTIFICATION OF MATCHING SHARE (PDF)
CERTIFICATION OF MATCHING SHARE (WORD)


Applications will be due May 29, 2020.

For more information, please contact: Sheri Jackson, Southeast Regional Manager, by email: sheri_jackson@nps.gov or by phone: 470.388.8045.

All proposed projects will need to be completed by September 30, 2021.

For further information, contact the NTF coordinator for your state.

Updated April 20, 2020