Grant Applications

Women in Parks Innovation and Impact Grants

The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation (NPF) are excited to announce a request for proposals for the Women In Parks Innovation and Impact Grant program funded by the National Park Foundation.

The goal of the Innovation and Impact Grants is to support projects and programs that help the National Park Service share a more comprehensive American narrative that includes the voices of women whose vision, tenacity, and resilience moved them to climb mountains, take down barriers, shape history, protect the environment, and lead social movements. The initiative will increase awareness about the 19th Amendment’s centennial and highlight stories of women who continue to shape our world.

Parks and programs are encouraged to submit proposals for a wide range of projects including (but not limited to): 

  • Women’s history research, interpretation or program delivery
  • Expanding women’s representation in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives
  • Preservation and access to women’s history collections
  • Internships that support the 19th Amendment centennial/women in parks activities 
  • Scientific/technical activities led by female NPS staff; or other highlights of women NPS trailblazers. 

Please see the 2020 Request for Proposals for Women In Parks Innovation and Impact Grant program funded by the National Park Foundation, found here. Grant requests may not exceed $25,000 per park or regional program office. Applications are due no later than Friday, February 7, 2020 (midnight EST). Applicants will be notified of award selections by early March.

Oral Historian Consultant

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, is accepting proposals for an Oral Historian Consultant to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park (MALU), a unit of the National Park System. MALU includes the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birth home and neighboring properties on Auburn Avenue, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the Park Visitor Center, Fire Station No. 6, and the recently acquired Life Home on Sunset Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.  NPF is seeking an Oral Historian to conduct sensitive oral histories to support NPS’s work to design exhibitions, prepare interpretation, and preserve these critical resources and stories. NPF seeks proposals from individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The consultant will be an independent consultant and not an employee of NPF. Please see the Request for Proposals for an Oral Historian Consultant to support the Martin Luther King, Jr. National historical Park, found here.

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. Selection will be based on the applicant’s ability to meet and exceed program requirements and required outcomes. The selected contractor will enter into an agreement with the National Park Foundation, which will serve as the contracting party and funder of this position. Applications are due on or before 5:00 pm EST, Friday, February 7, 2020. For additional information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, click here.

Proposal Packets

Proposal packets must include a cover letter, resume and/or CV, qualifications, examples of similar past projects (preferably with the National Park Service), the dollar amount of general liability insurance coverage, or evidence of insurability. 

NPF Service Corps Initiative 

For any applicant that has submitted a proposal for the 2020 NPF Service Corps Initiative, emails regarding the status of your application submission will be sent out by the end of the day on Friday, February 28th, 2020. All organizations and NPS sites, whether the proposal is accepted or declined, will be notified by this date, so if you do not receive a correspondence, please reach out to Lisa McClure at [email protected]. Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm towards the program during this exciting time.

Field Trip Grants 

The National Park Foundation is not actively accepting grant proposals at this time. Please check back for future opportunities.