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HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Andrew J. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, J.M. Kaplan Fund, and The Executive Leadership Council

Funding Amount

$60,000 - $150,000

Matching Funds

Funding Cycle

Application deadline was February 28, 2023
Will be returning in the future


Campus-wide preservation plans for the institution’s buildings, landscape, and cultural assets (including, but not limited to, cemeteries, art and archival collections, and monuments)

Preservation plans, such as a historic structures report, a conditions assessment, or a rehabilitation plan, for individual buildings or sites on the campus

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be a historically black college or university established prior to 1964 and accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary of Education to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered

The applicant must own any properties that will be included in the grant-funded planning project.

Applicants that have received previous National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are current. Only one grant will be awarded per institution in any grant round

Additional Eligibility Requirements

How to apply:
Applicants will need the following items as part of the application:

- A campus map that can be uploaded and attached to the application form
- Up to four current, high quality (300 dpi) digital images with caption and credit information.
- A list of the applicant's current board of trustees
- Applicant's Internal Revenue Service determination letter of tax-exempt status. If tax-exempt status has not been fully approved by the IRS, please provide evidence of filing for certification and letter of opinion from an attorney concerning the applicant's tax status
- A list of project team members including stakeholders from across the school such as representatives from the president’s office, facilities office, trustees, faculty, and students
- A list of matching resources (cash or in-kind) that will be brought to the project

Fill out an application for an HBCU Grant here:
(Please note: you will be taken to our grants application system where you will need to create a user profile for your organization. This is a separate login than your National Trust login.)



Additional Information

If you have questions regarding the Foundant application portal while completing your application, contact the Grants Office at

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