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State grant funding available for Civil War sites

The Tennessee Wars Commission and the Tennessee Historical Commission announced that applications for a new grant program, totaling about $483,000 that will provide funding to protect Civil War and Underground Railroad sites in Tennessee, it will be available Dec. 1.  
 
Grants will be funded through the Tennessee Civil War Sites Preservation Act of 2013. All have a 50 percent match requirement. 
 
Submissions must be made by Feb. 1.
 
“This is a terrific new source of preservation funding for our state,” Tennessee Historical Commission Director and State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre said. 
 
 Acquisition of properties or of acquisition of protective interests in properties, such as conservation easements for land associated with the 38 most significant Civil War sites in Tennessee, is eligible through the grant. 
 
Funding is also available for Underground Railroad sites eligible for the National Register of Historic 
Places or for being designated a National Historic Landmark.
 
“This is a significant boost to our ongoing work to ensure the permanent protection of the hallowed ground where men fought and gave their lives,” Fred Prouty, Program Director for the Wars Commission said. “In addition, the fund also has the potential to help preserve places associated with the road to freedom for those escaping slavery.”  To learn more, contact fred.prouty@tn.gov.
 

Posted on: 12/5/2013

 
 

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