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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and IHEs in Multiple
States to Preserve Historical Japanese American Detention Sites

Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant

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Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS)

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11/09/21 5:00 PM MT Receipt


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Grants to USA government agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and IHEs in eligible regions for historical preservation projects related to Japanese American detention sites. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Grant funds may be used to support projects to identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair, and acquire historic sites. Eligible projects must benefit one or more historic Japanese American confinement sites

The term historic confinement sites is defined as the ten War Relocation Authority sites (Gila River, Granada, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Poston, Rohwer, Topaz, and Tule Lake), as well as other historically significant locations, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. 

This program supports the following Department of the Interior (DOI) priority: Restoring trust with local communities: Expand the lines of communication with Governors, state natural resource offices, Fish and Wildlife offices, water authorities, county commissioners, Tribes, and local communities.

The types of projects eligible for funding from the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program include the following categories:

  • Capital projects: including construction of new interpretive centers, restrooms and interpretive trails.
  • Documentation: including identification, research, and evaluation of historic confinement sites; projects may include archeological surveys, National Register of Historic Places nominations, and National Historic Landmark nominations.
  • Oral history interviews: including recording, transcribing, digitally processing and sharing the interviews.
  • Interpretation and education related to historic confinement sites: projects may include wayside exhibits, creative arts and educational curricula.
  • Preservation of confinement sites and related historic resources: projects may include stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration, acquisition, relocation of historic buildings and structures to their original locations, reconstruction of key structures, and collections conservation.
  • Planning projects: such as interpretive plans for new exhibits and programs, land use plans, and resource management plans. 
  • Non-Federal real property acquisition: allowed only with the owner’s written permission at only Heart Mountain, Honouliuli, Jerome, Rohwer, and Topaz, per stipulations of Public Laws 109-441 and 111-88. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176296

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 20 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $5,000 Federal share. Over the entire life of the Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program, each applicant may receive no more than $3.8 million total (that is, 10% of the congressionally authorized amount of $38 million).

Term of Contract:

Projects should be completed within an established grant period, generally within two years of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In accordance with Public Law 109-441 (120 Stat. 3288), organizations and entities working to preserve historic Japanese American confinement sites and their history, including: State and local agencies, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, State colleges and universities, public and private colleges and universities are eligible to apply. Non-Federal entities who are partnering with Federal agencies that own eligible historic resources may submit applications regarding the Federal property.

Individuals may not apply.

The Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant Program does not provide funding for:
- Projects that have already been completed
- Establishment of Friends groups
- Fundraising or the formulation of fundraising plans
- Lobbying
- Long-term maintenance, operations, or curatorial work beyond the grant period
- Organizational operations/permanent staff positions
- Land acquisition at sites other than: Heart Mountain, Honouliuli, Jerome, Rohwer, and Topaz.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:00 PM, (Mountain Time). Note: this is not a postmark date.

Each applicant (unless exempt under 2 CFR §25.110) is required to:
(a) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
(b) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application (currently a DUNS number);
(c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award, application, or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.
Registration processes for SAM can be found at
DUNS registration information can be found at

Each grant requires a 2:1 Federal to non-Federal match; that is, to receive two dollars of Federal funds at least one dollar non-Federal match is required. Contributions for cost match must be made from non-Federal sources, which may include cash, in-kind contributions or services, materials/supplies/equipment, or *land. The non-Federal match may be raised and spent during the grant period; it does not have to be “in the bank” at the time of the application. (*Note: Land applies only to Jerome, Rohwer, Topaz and Honouliuli per stipulations of Public Laws 109-441 and 111-88). For more information, see

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Complete Application Packages must be submitted to the National Park Service by the deadline via one of the addresses listed below:

*Please note, if submitting your application through the email submission inbox, full applications must not exceed 25 megabytes of data.

Postal Service Delivery:
National Park Service
ATTN: Kara Miyagishima
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, CO 80225-0287

Express Delivery:
National Park Service
ATTN: Kara Miyagishima
12795 West Alameda Parkway
Lakewood, CO 80228-2838

Agency Contact Information
Kara Miyagishima
Phone 303-969-2885

Questions and requests pertaining to this Notice of Funding Opportunity shall be
submitted to:
Todd Wilson
12795 W. Alameda Pkwy
Lakewood, CO 80228-2838

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a full list of eligible confinement sites, see

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USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Montana;   New Mexico;   New York;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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