Supporting projects to help parks share more inclusive and comprehensive narratives.
Our national parks tell the diverse and incredible stories of America. However, there are stories, experiences, and interpretations of peoples and communities whose voices and contributions have been excluded from the American story. The National Park Foundation (NPF)’s Inclusive Storytelling program supports work that documents, preserves, and shares the voices and actions of people who are not often recognized as having shaped our history or for whom the struggle for social, racial, and environmental justice continues.
Inclusive Storytelling grants support contemporary research in parks, as well as projects that transform this research into relevant interpretative products – from interpretive park programs and exhibits to websites and videos.
Note: the term “storytelling” has several meanings. In this context, “storytelling” is used to describe the art and craft of interpretation – the art of organizing and sharing a story.
$2MillionNPF has been able to fund $2 million in grants supporting Inclusive Storytelling projects in parks across the country.
31Projects FundedIn 2023, NPF’s inaugural Inclusive Storytelling grants supported 31 interpretative projects in our national parks.
Research supported by Inclusive Storytelling grants can help shape new materials, such as collections of oral histories, new films or videos, podcasts, or other public communication materials that help share these stories.
Interpretative materials in our parks abound – from wayside signs to visitor center videos. Inclusive storytelling grants help refresh materials that contain outdated, incomplete, inaccurate, and biased stories or language.
Interpretative park rangers are the hands-on historians in our parks. Inclusive Storytelling grants can help support the funding of these positions in national parks, ensuring the parks have the capacity to continue evolving and refreshing their interpretative materials.
Inclusive Storytelling grants can enable parks to engage interns to research and document narratives that help build inclusive storytelling in the park.
Grants from NPF’s Inclusive Storytelling program can help pilot or provide seed funding for a larger interpretative project, or the completion of an existing storytelling project in a national park.
The preservation of cultural resources, such as artifacts and objects, helps parks preserve relevant cultural histories. Inclusive Storytelling grants support projects in parks that help document and conserve these objects.