NPS to open confinement site grant applications

The 2012 fiscal year Japanese American Confinement Sites (JACS) Grant applications will be available on the National Park Service’s (NPS) site on Thursday, Sept. 1. The NPS will accept applications through Tuesday, Nov. 1.

According to the NPS Website, Congress established the JACS grant to preserve and interpret locations where people of Japanese descent were incarcerated during World War II. The grant authorized up to $38 million for the entire life of the grant program to identify, research, evaluate, interpret, protect, restore, repair and acquire historic confinement sites.

The grant awards funds to organizations and entities working to preserve historic Japanese American confinement sites and their history. Previous recipients include nonprofit organizations and educational institutions such as the National Japanese American Historical Society and the University of California, Berkeley.

For the 2010 fiscal year, Congress appropriated $3 million for the program — an increase of $1 million from 2009. The 2012 JACS grants will be awarded dependent on funds appropriated by Congress.

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