The Micro grant supports grass-root preservation efforts. This may encompass any project type which could be applied for as a competitive grant but offers more flexible application timing for smaller-scale projects.
Such projects may include:
Conducting Workshops or Conferences
Small Physical Projects
Request Amount: Up to $5,000
Cash Match: 50% for all applicants
BIPOC Projects* Cash Match: 25% for all applicants
Example 1: Your Project Total = $8000. $4,000 Grant Request, $4,000 Cash Match
Example 2: Your Project Total = $15,000. $5,000 Grant Request, $10,000 Cash Match
Designation (if applicable): If the project includes physical work, then a National, State or Local designation is required prior to application. If the project does not include physical work but is associated with a specific site, it must be moving toward designation. Form 1419 (Preliminary Property Evaluation Form) should be submitted to and approved by the State Historic Preservation Office prior to application and included as an attachment.
Property Protections: Property protections may be placed on properties receiving grants for physical work. The type of owner and the cumulative amount of grant funds received to determine the length (in years) and type (covenant or easement) required to protect the property from alterations that would affect its historic character. For more information on property protections, contact Property Protections Coordinator.
Scope: The scope may include any type of work that may be applied for in a competitive grant (that is not already covered by one of our other noncompetitive grant types). Applicants may only apply for the same scope of work for 2 consecutive years before timing out for 2 years.
Example: Sponsorship of a local conference once a year for 2 years, then the applicant would need to wait 2 years before reapplying
Budget: Line items must denote all the direct costs of the project such as contractual services or travel costs. Budgets must contain a calculation or reference a proposal document that contains a calculation that shows how the budget amount has been derived.
Application Deadlines: Year-round
Award Announcement Dates: Applicants are notified within 30-45 days of submitting a complete application. If additional material or information is needed from the applicant, this may be longer. If awarded, the contracting process can take up to a month before the project can begin. If funding is no longer available within the current fiscal year, an approved application will be put in a queue for funding at the beginning of the next fiscal year.
*Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Projects: A BIPOC project significantly benefits and involves one or more BIPOC communities.