Cultural Heritage Tourism
Funding Opportunities
October 2021
National Archives and Records Administration: Access to Historical Records: Archival Projects
Deadline: October 6, 2021

The NHPRC is accepting applications to fund projects to improve online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The Commission encourages projects centered on collections of America’s early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation’s legal history.

The Commission is especially interested in projects to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Applications are encouraged that use collections to examine the ideals behind the founding of the United States and the continual interpretation and debate over those ideals over the past 250 years.

NHPRC welcome projects that engage the public, expand civic education, and promote understanding of the nation’s history, democracy and culture from the founding era to the present day.

Tourism Tip: This fund can help support the growth of historical document collections for your museum or cultural center.

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National Fish & Wildlife Foundation: Hawaiʻi Conservation Program 2022
Deadline: October 25, 2021

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is soliciting proposals to strategically protect and enhance essential habitats in Hawaiʻi, from mauka to makai, to reduce extinction risk and sustain resilient populations of native species. Particular species and habitats of interest include palila (finch-billed Hawaiian honeycreeper), kiwikiu (Maui parrotbill), ʻuaʻu (Hawaiian petrel), Oʻahu elepaio (monarch flycatcher), ʻalae ʻula (Hawaiian moorhen), puaiohi (small Kauaʻi thrush), and Maui Nui coral reefs.

The Hawaiʻi Conservation Program anticipates awarding approximately $950,000 in grants. Major funding partners include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and Pūlama Lānaʻi.

Tourism Tip: Conservation includes educating visitors on proper etiquette around essential habitats.

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For more information, contact Jana Doi
Department of Housing and Urban Development: Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages
Deadline: October 25, 2021

The primary objective of the Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) program is the development of viable Indian and Alaska Native communities, including the creation of decent housing, suitable living environments, and economic opportunities primarily for persons of low-and moderate-incomes.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to create economic tourism opportunities, including funds for infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities; and, single or multipurpose community buildings.

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Pisces Foundation: Request for Proposals
Deadline: October 29, 2021

Pisces Foundation has launched their funding request portal for those working to build movement infrastructure for environmental and outdoor learning in their state or across the county.

Additional support is needed to strengthen environmental and outdoor learning across the United States. Movement infrastructure, the relationships and shared tools that empower people and organizations to work together, can provide that support. Pisces newest funding opportunity is designed to build movement infrastructure for environmental and outdoor learning.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to build an environmental or outdoor learning program.

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Institute of Museum & Library Services: Museums for America
Deadline: November 15, 2021

The Museums for America program supports museums of all sizes and disciplines to undertake projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project activities may include exhibitions, educational or interpretive programs, digital learning resources, professional development, community debate and dialogue, audience-focused studies, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation. Museums for America has three project categories:
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Collections Stewardship and Access

Tourism Tip: This grant can help fund new or existing museums collections.

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Institute of Museum & Library Services: Native American/ Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program
Deadline: November 15, 2021

The goal of the Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) grant program is to support Indian tribes and organizations that primarily serve and represent Native Americans and Native Hawaiians in sustaining heritage, culture, and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship.

Tourism Tip: This grant can help Native Americans and Native Hawaiians sustain heritage, culture and knowledge through exhibitions, educational services and programming.

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Institute of Museum & Library Services: National Leadership Grants for Museums
Deadline: November 15, 2021

National Leadership Grants for Museums support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to strengthen cultural heritage programs in existing museums.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation: USArtists International Program
Deadline: December 1, 2021

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $18,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

Tourism Tip: Use this tip to help support performing arts programs and share with your tribal performers.

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U.S Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education (EE) Grants
Deadline: December 6, 2021

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant applications from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, supporting more than 3,800 grants.

Tourism Tip: This grant has funded environmental education projects that promote stewardship, sustain land, explore outdoor recreation practices and develop community gardens.

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U.S Department of Agriculture: Rural Business Development Grants
Deadline: February 28, 2022

This program is designed to provide technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Rural Business Development Grant money must be used for projects that benefit rural areas or towns outside the urbanized periphery of any city with a population of 50,000 or more.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to help support community economic development, feasibility studies, strategic planning and training.

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U.S. Economic Development Administration: Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program
Deadline: March 15, 2022

Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors.
Destination organizations, nonprofits, state or local governments, economic development districts (EDDs), territories and tribal governments and institutions of higher education can apply for these funds. $240 million has been set aside for the Competitive Tourism Grants. Funds competitively awarded to local governments and nonprofit organizations in regions most impacted by job loss in the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors—for projects that promote economic resilience and development and align with an EDA Investment Priority.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to recover your tourism economy.

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For more information, visit or Email your questions about the American Rescue Plan Indigenous Communities program to or visit to find contact information for your Economic Development Representative.
U.S. Economic Development Administration: Indigenous Communities Program
Deadline: March 22, 2022 (applications reviewed on rolling basis.)

Through the Indigenous Communities program, EDA is allocating $100 million in American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

This program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to revive your community from the impact of COVID-19.

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Potlatch Fund for Native Communities Resilience Project
Deadline: Rolling

The Potlatch Fund aims to build on the Native tradition of giving by increasing philanthropy for and among Tribal communities through grants and empowering community leaders with the tools they need to succeed through training. To that end, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Native communities, the Potlatch Resiliency Fund will support resiliency actions that create hope, social connection, adaption, flexibility and purpose. Grants of $10,000 and $15,000 will be awarded in support of general operating funds, projects and artists.

Tourism Tip: Use this grant to support your training to increase philanthropy initiatives in your community.

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More Resources
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Justin Maxson today unveiled a resource guide as part of National Preparedness Month to help rural communities seeking disaster resiliency and recovery assistance.    

This guide follows the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement of the American Jobs Plan, which targets investments to support infrastructure in communities that are most physically and financially vulnerable to climate-driven disasters.

The resource guide outlines USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and services that can help rural residents, businesses and communities impacted by disasters and support long-term planning and recovery efforts. A resource matrix categorizes RD programs that can support preparedness and recovery through four key assistance types:

  • housing assistance, and community and economic development planning;
  • infrastructure and equipment financing;
  • industry, entrepreneurship and local business development; and
  • education and training.

The guide also includes information on technical assistance providers and other federal agencies that work with USDA to support rural communities in disaster planning and recovery efforts. It features examples of how customers have used USDA programs to support their recovery efforts.
Additional resources to support rural communities seeking disaster assistance are available at

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