The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program (NTF) is pleased to announce its 2021 Grant Program. There will be $180,000 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, for interpretation of Underground Railroad history, and for historical research related to Network to Freedom listings. Only Network to Freedom sites, programs, and facilities are eligible to apply.  Listings that are accepted from the January 15, 2021 round can also apply.

This year, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is focusing its efforts to highlight ways in which the Underground Railroad was just one part of a larger movement for social justice, which continues in the present. For this reason, preference will be given to projects that  highlight the connections between Underground Railroad activism and struggles for access to education, suffrage, and/or public accommodations. In addition, preference will be given to those listings that have not previously received Network to Freedom grants, and to projects with matching funds.

The grant application and instructions will be available online on Monday, March 22, 2021 at 12:00pm on ASALH’s website. The applications are due April 30, 2021. 

If you have any questions, please email