Have any last minute questions about your Network to Freedom Grant Application?  

On Thursday, May 6, at 4:00 p.m. CST / 5:00 p.m. EST, the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) is pleased to host National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Staff for a Q&A session about the 2021 Grant Program. While we cannot read your applications prior to submission, the ASALH and Network to Freedom team will be available to answer questions about the application itself and/or the application process.   

The session will be recorded and made available on the ASALH website.  

The webinar will be held using Zoom. For the first several minutes, staff will walk you through the technological processes of how to use the platform.  

In order to attend this webinar, you must be a Network to Freedom Member. Only Network to Freedom Members are eligible to submit a grant application. 

Please register in advance for this meeting by clicking on this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

Please feel free to send your questions to us in advance by emailing  network_to_freedom@nps.gov. Please indicate in the email itself that you are hoping to see your question answered during the webinar.  

The National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program 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 Network to Freedom is 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. This year, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is focusing its efforts to highlight ways in which the Underground Railroad was  one part of a larger movement for social justice, which continues in the present.  For this grant round, 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. As always, preference will also be given to those listings that have not previously received Network to Freedom grants. Projects that contribute non-federal matching funds will also be given preference.

The grant application and instructions, available as of April 5, 2021, can be found in the BUTTON BELOW.

The applications are due May 14, 2021.

All completed applications should be sent electronically to network_to_freedom@nps.gov with subject line “2021 NTF Grant_[INSERT NTF LISTING NAME].”

If you have any questions, please email us at network_to_freedom@nps.gov.