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Grants to USA Universities, Museums, Laboratories, Nonprofits, and Agencies to Preserve Cultural Resources

2023 Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants

GrantWatch ID# 162712
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service - National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT)
CFDA Number: 15.923
Funding or PIN Number: P23AS00145
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 5:00 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA universities, museums, laboratories, nonprofit organizations, preservation agencies, and park agencies for cultural preservation research activities. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations prior to applying. Funding is intended for a range of activities to conserve buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections.

2023 Preservation Technology and Training Grants (PTT Grants) are intended to create better tools, better materials, and better approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. The PTT Grants are administered by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the National Park Service’s innovation center for the preservation community.

The competitive grants program will provide funding to federal agencies, states, tribes, local governments, and non-profit organizations. PTT Grants will support the following activities:

  • Innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources (typically $20,000)
  • Specialized workshops or symposia that identify and address national preservation needs (typically $15,000 to $20,000)
  • How-to videos, mobile applications, podcasts, best practices publications, or webinars that disseminate practical preservation methods or provide better tools for preservation practice (typically $5,000 to $15,000)


  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
In accordance with 54 U.S.C.§305304(c). Preservation grants, eligible applicants may include—
(1) Federal and non-Federal laboratories;
(2) accredited museums;
(3) universities;
(4) nonprofit organizations;
(5) System units and offices and Cooperative Park Study Units of the System;
(6) State Historic Preservation Offices;
(7) tribal preservation offices; and
(8) Native Hawaiian organizations.

Excluded Parties: NPS conducts a review of the Exclusions database for all applicant entities and their key project personnel prior to award. The NPS cannot award funds to entities or their key project personnel identified in the Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or otherwise excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits, as their ineligibility condition applies to this Federal program.

Foreign Entities or Projects: This program does not provide funding to foreign entities or for projects conducted outside the United States.

NCPTT does not fund "brick and mortar" grants.

Pre-Application Information
Application Due Date:
Applicants are held responsible for their proposals being submitted to the National Park Service. Applications must be received by 02/28/2023, 05:00 PM CT. Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline. Note: Per 2 CFR 1402.204 (f) Bureaus and offices must consider the timeliness of the application submission. Applications that are submitted beyond the announced deadline date must be removed from the review process.

Application preparation time may take several weeks, so please start the application process as soon as possible. If it is determined that a proposal was not considered due to lateness, the applicant will be notified during the selection process.

Anticipated Announcement and Federal Award Dates
- Estimated date of Federal Award: 07/15/2023
- Estimated date notifying successful and unsuccessful applicants: 07/01/2023

Non-Federal cost sharing or matching is not required to be eligible for an award under this NOFO.

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM): This requirement does not apply to individuals applying for funds as an individual (i.e., unrelated to any business or nonprofit organization you may own, operate, or work within), or any entity with an exception to bypass registration with prior approval from the funding bureau or office in accordance with bureau or office policy. All other applicants are required to register in prior to submitting a Federal award application and obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) which will replace Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet in April 2022. A Federal award may not be made to an applicant that has not completed the registration. If an applicant selected for funding has not completed their registration by the time the program is ready to make an award, the program may determine the applicant is not qualified to receive an award. Applicants registering in prior to April 2022 may still be required to obtain a DUNS number prior to completing the registration process within Federal award recipients must also continue to maintain an active registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s). See the “Submission Requirements” section of this document below for more information on registration. There is no cost to register with Dun & Bradstreet or There are third-party vendors who will charge a fee in exchange for registering entities with Dun & Bradstreet and; please be aware you can register and request help for free.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
Estimated Number of Agreements to be Awarded: 8-12

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum grant award is $20,000. The actual grant award amount is dependent on the scope of the proposed activity.

- Innovative research: Typically $20,000
- Specialized workshops or symposia: Typically $15,000 to $20,000
- How-to videos, etc.: Typically $5,000 to $15,000

Term of Contract
Anticipated Award Date: Projects receiving funding through this Notice of Funding Opportunity will start once funding has been secured and awards have been made. If the project is funded, applicants should expect to be able to begin work no sooner than July 15, 2023.

Anticipated Term of the Agreement: July 15, 2023 – December 31, 2024

Agreement terms for funded projects can range between one and five years, depending on the negotiated project statement of work. Agreements are not effective until fully executed with signature from the NPS Financial Assistance Awarding Officer.

Contact Information
All applications must be submitted via email with the required application documents as email attachments to

Program Technical Contact:
Andy Ferrell

Administration Contact:
Todd Wilson

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