The Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Wars Commission have announced they will begin accepting grant applications on Aug. 15 for the Civil War Sites Preservation Fund (TCWSPF).
The Civil War Sites Preservation Fund, begun in 2013, is a key source for matching funds for the acquisition and preservation of properties associated with the 38 most significant Civil War sites in Tennessee. Additionally, grants can assist in funding the acquisition and protection of Underground Railroad sites eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or eligible for designation as a National Historic Landmark.
Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and only projects associated with the 38 most significant Civil War battlefields in the state, as defined by the National Park Service report, or Underground Railroad sites are eligible. This grant will pay a one- to-one, 50 percent match where the grantee provides the match from a non-state source. After review, the applications will be scored, rated, and ranked by staff members of the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Wars Commission. The full Historical Commission will then have final voting approval of eligible grant projects.
“Since its debut in 2013, approximately $4 million in grant funds from this program have helped save over 800-acres of battlefield properties in our state,” said Tennessee Historical Commission Director Patrick McIntyre. “Last year, almost $2,500,000 in TCWSPF grants were used to preserve 180-acres of battlefield properties, with 79-acres located directly in battlefield core areas associated with the battles of Shiloh, of Salem Cemetery, and of Chattanooga and Wauhatchie,” noted Tennessee Wars Commission Director of Programs Nina Scall.
The grant application is a completely digital process, streamlining and shortening processing times. Interested parties can visit https://tdec.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp to create an account and complete their grant application.
Completed applications for the grant program must be submitted by October 15.
Questions regarding the grant process or application procedure can be directed to Nina Scall, Program Director of the Tennessee Wars Commission, at Nina.Scall@tn.gov; 615-770-1095; 2941 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214.