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State Grant Study

Identifying Funding Sources to Protect America’s Battlefields

Saving Hallowed Ground

The Civil War Trust, through a 2014 grant from the National Park Service's American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP), has identified a multiplicity of funding sources for the preservation of battlefields across the country. ABPP relied on the Trust in this collaborative effort to use its extensive experience to identify a variety of state-centered preservation funding sources for battlefields associated not only with the Civil War but also the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

Authorized by Congress and administered by the National Park Service, ABPP promotes the preservation of significant historic battlefields associated with wars on American soil. The goals of the program are to protect battlefields and sites associated with armed conflicts that influenced the course of our history; to encourage and assist all United States citizens in planning for the preservation, management and interpretation of these sites; and to raise awareness of the importance of preserving battlefields and related sites for future generations.

Funding sources for each of the 30 states examined in the course of this joint effort are listed below, in alphabetical order according to state. Every state also has a downloadable PDF brochure, offering an in-depth analysis of the resources identified on this page.

Funding Sources

NATIONAL/MULTI-STATE

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Farmland Protection Grants
  • Historic Preservation Fund
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund Civil War Battlefield Acquisition Grants
  • National Park Trust
  • North American Land Trust
  • Open Space Institute
  • Ozark Regional Land Trust
  • Recreational Trails Program
  • Salt Creek Civil War Round Table
  • Special Projects Grants
  • Sweet Water Trust
  • The Appalachian Conservancy
  • The Civil War Trust
  • The Conservation Fund
  • The Fields Pond Foundation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Trust for Public Land
  • USDA Farmland Protection Program

ALABAMA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Alabama Land Trust
  • Forever Wild
  • Historic Blakeley Foundation
  • Land Trust of North Alabama
  • Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area

ARKANSAS

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council
  • Conservation Sales Tax
  • Land Trust of Arkansas
  • Northwest Arkansas Land Trust

CONNECTICUT

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Community Investment Act
  • Connecticut Farmland Trust
  • Farmland Preservation Program
  • Historic Restoration Fund Grants
  • Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor
  • The Open Space and Watershed Acquisition Grant Program

DELAWARE

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program
  • Delaware Nature Society
  • Open Space Program
  • Preservation Delaware

FLORIDA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Florida Forever
  • Historic Preservation Grants Program: Small Grants
  • Historic Preservation Grants Program: Special Category Grants
  • North Florida Land Trust
  • Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy

GEORGIA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
  • Augusta Canal National Heritage Area
  • Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, Community Grants
  • Georgia Civil War Commission
  • Georgia Heritage Grant
  • Georgia Land Conservation Center, Conservation Easement
  • Georgia Land Conservation Program
  • Georgia Land Trust, Conservation Easement
  • Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Grants
  • Historic Landscape and Garden Grant

INDIANA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Ball Brothers Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Grant County, Indiana, Inc. 
  • Endangered Places Acquisition Fund Program
  • Endangered Places Loan Program
  • Historic Preservation Funds
  • Hometown Indiana Grant Program
  • Indiana Heritage Trust Environmental License Plate
  • Indianapolis Civil War Round Table
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Wabash River Heritage Corridor Fund

KANSAS

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Attraction Development Grant Program
  • Douglas County Natural & Cultural Heritage Grant Program
  • Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
  • Kansas Land Trust
  • Kansas Preservation Alliance, Inc. 
  • Kansas State Conservation Commission
  • Ranchland Trust of Kansas

KENTUCKY

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Bluegrass Conservancy
  • Kentucky Civil War Sites Preservation Program
  • Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund
  • Kentucky Natural Lands Trust
  • Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
  • River Fields, Inc. 

LOUISIANA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Atchafalaya National Heritage Area
  • Coastal Plain Conservancy
  • Louisiana Natural Heritage Program

MAINE

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • L.L. Bean Maine Land Trust Grant Program
  • Land For Maine's Future
  • Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund
  • Maine Preservation Easements
  • Revolving Loan Fund Program

MARYLAND

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Baltimore National Heritage Area
  • Bartus Trew Providence Preservation Fund
  • Heart of the Civil War Heritage Area
  • Maryland Agricultural Land Preservation Foundation
  • Maryland Civil War Heritage Commission (defunct)
  • Maryland Environmental Trust
  • Maryland Heritage Areas Program
  • Maryland Rural Legacy Program
  • Open Space Program
  • Preservation Maryland Grants

MASSACHUSETTS

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Agriculture Preservation Restriction Program
  • Conservation Partnership Grant Program
  • Essex National Heritage Area
  • Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
  • Landscape Partnership Program
  • Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity Program
  • Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund
  • National Park Trust
  • Olde Colony Civil War Round Table
  • Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities 
  • Trustees of Reservations

MICHIGAN

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Agricultural Preservation Fund
  • Ann Arbor Civil War Round Table
  • Farmland and Open Space Easement
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Fund
  • Michigan Historic Preservation Network Easements
  • Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
  • Raisin Valley Land Trust
  • Transportation Alternatives Program
  • Washtenaw County Natural Areas Preservation Program

MINNESOTA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund
  • Legacy Funds: Outdoor Heritage
  • Legacy Funds: Parks and Trails
  • Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Funds
  • Minnesota Land Trust
  • Parks and Trails Council
  • State Capital Grants

MISSISSIPPI

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • East Mississippi Foothills Land Trust
  • Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area
  • Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area
  • Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area
  • Mississippi Land Trust
  • Mississippi Landmark Grant

MISSOURI

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Conservation Commission Fund
  • Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area
  • Missouri Division of State Parks Outdoor Recreation Grants Program
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation

NEW JERSEY

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area
  • Garden State Preservation Trust: Blue Acres Program
  • Garden State Preservation Trust: Farmland Preservation Program
  • Garden State Preservation Trust: Green Acres Program
  • Monmouth Conservation Foundation

NEW YORK

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Champlain Valley National Heritage Area
  • Champlain Valley National Heritage Area
  • Environmental Protection Fund: Department of Environment Conservation's Conservation Partnership Program
  • Environmental Protection Fund: Farmland Protection Program's Farmland Protection Implementation Grants
  • Environmental Protection Fund: Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Program
  • Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area
  • Lake George Land Conservancy
  • Niagara Falls National Heritage Area
  • Open Space Institute
  • Saratoga PLAN

NORTH CAROLINA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
  • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area
  • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
  • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
  • Environmental Enhancement Grants
  • North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
  • Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

OHIO

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Certified Local Government Grants
  • Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
  • Greater Toledo Civil War Round Table
  • Historic Conservation Easement Program
  • History Fund
  • NatureWorks
  • Tecumseh Land Trust
  • Three Valley Conservation Trust Easement Program

OKLAHOMA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Edmond Land Conservancy
  • Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
  • Land Legacy
  • Transportation Alternatives Program

PENNSYLVANIA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Brandywine Conservancy
  • Chester County Open Space Grants Program
  • Community Conservation Partnership Program
  • Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program
  • Growing Greener II (defunct)
  • Growing Greener, Farmland Conservation Easement Program
  • Heritage Conservancy
  • Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund
  • Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program: Community Recreation and Conservation Program
  • Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area

RHODE ISLAND

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Audubon Society of Rhode Island
  • Farmland Preservation Program
  • Little Compton Agricultural Conservancy Trust
  • Local Open Space Grant Program
  • State Land Conservation and Acquisition Program
  • State Preservation Grants Program
  • The Champlin Foundations

SOUTH CAROLINA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Beaufort County Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program
  • Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina
  • Conservation Easements
  • Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Lowcountry Open Land Trust
  • Palmetto Conservation Foundation
  • Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Parks and Recreation Development Fund
  • South Carolina Conservation Bank
  • South Carolina Heritage Trust Program
  • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor
  • South Carolina National Heritage Corridor Product Development Grant
  • Trust for Public Land

TENNESSEE

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Foothills Land Conservancy
  • Historic Preservation Fund
  • Land Trust for Tennessee
  • Local Parks and Recreation Fund
  • Lookout Mountain Conservancy
  • Lookout Mountain Conservancy
  • Tennesee Wars Commission
  • Tennesse Civil War Sites Preservation Act
  • Tennessee Civil War National Heritage Area
  • Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association
  • Tennessee Heritage Conservation Trust Fund

TEXAS

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Galveston Bay Foundation
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Outdoor Recreation Grants
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Small Community Grants
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants

VERMONT

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership
  • Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership Commemorative Grants
  • Conservation of Land or Historic Resources of Statewide Significance
  • Crosby-Gannett Fund
  • Farmland Conservation Program
  • Feasibility Grants
  • Historic Preservation Grant
  • Lake Champlain Land Trust
  • Local Conservation
  • Outdoor Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants
  • The Dunham-Mason Fund
  • Transportation Enhancements Grants
  • Vermont Land Trust
  • Walter Cerf Community Fund

VIRGINIA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Archeological Threatened Sites
  • Bull Run Civil War Round Table
  • Capital Region Land Conservancy
  • Civil War Battlefield State Matching Grant
  • Farm and Ranchland Protection Program
  • Historic Preservation Easment
  • Hourney Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area
  • Land and Water Conservation Fund
  • Land Preservation Tax Credit
  • Land Trust of Virginia
  • National Park Trust
  • Northern Neck Land Conservancy
  • Piedmont Environmental Council
  • Purchase of Development Rights Program
  • Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District
  • The Cabell Foundation
  • The Conservation Fund
  • Trust for Public Land
  • Valley Conservation Council
  • Virginia Land Conservation Foundation
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • Virginia Recreational Trails Fund

WEST VIRGINIA

View PDF brochure detailing the following funding sources:

  • Civil War Commemorative Coins (defunct)
  • Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grant
  • Governor's Community Participation Grant Program
  • Land Trust of the Eastern Panhandle
  • National Park Trust
  • Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund (Large Grant)
  • Outdoor Heritage Conservation Fund (Small Grant)
  • State Development Grant Program
  • Trust for Public Land
  • West Virginia Farmland Protection
  • West Virginia Land Trust
  • West Virginia Transportation Alternative Program
  • Wheeling National Heritage Area Grant

 

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.