Preservation Grants for Route 66

Dear Friends of Route 66,

As you are aware, the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program will not be offering a grant program in 2020. However, I wanted to make you aware of other funding opportunities through the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s preservation grant programs. As you are likely aware, the National Trust has designated Route 66 as one of their National Treasures, and is a great source of financial assistance for historic sites on Route 66.

In addition to general grants, the National Trust has dedicated grant funds for several Route 66 states including California, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, as well as dedicated funds for Modernism and for preservation efforts for American Indian nations in both Arizona and New Mexico.  Grants are generally $2,500 to $5,000, require a 1:1 match (cash, in-kind or staff time), and are available for planning, education or outreach related projects only. Applicants must be a public agency, 501(c)(3), or other nonprofit entity. Find out more about the guidelines and eligibility for the upcoming October 1st deadline (the next deadline will be February 1, 2021), and/or contact

African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants are also available through the National Trust. These competitive grants range from $50,000-150,000 and support projects in four different areas including Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. Matching funds are helpful, but not required. The next deadline for grant applications is in January, 2021. For additional information visit African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund Grants and/or contact

Kaisa Barthuli
Program Manager
Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program
National Trails
National Park Service
PO Box 728
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Ph: 505-988-6701