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Application Instructions

The Special Projects Grants program does not use an application form; instead the application is written in narrative style. It must include a description of the project and its cost; the amount of the requested grant (not to exceed $10,000); detailed budgeted costs and confirmation of secured funds for completion of the total project, less the amount of the grant application.

A project designation which exemplifies the area of historic preservation, education or patriotism is required as is a description of how DAR recognition will be demonstrated.

A grant application must provide a brief history of the applying organization and the project, as well as information on the project's local community or region. A description of how the project will benefit the community or region and the project's need must be included.

A Special Projects Grant application must be accompanied by a letter of sponsorship from a DAR chapter or state society. If a referral to such a DAR entity is desired, contact this committee's national chairman.

See the Application Instruction Sheet for more detailed requirements.

Click here to download the Application Instruction Sheet

Additional application guidance can be found on the Tips for Writing a Successful Grant page.

Special Projects Grant applications are scored by panels of independent, non-DAR judges, selected upon their experience and backgrounds in the DAR mission areas of historic preservation, education or patriotism.

Questions the judges consider as they evaluate a Special Projects Grant application:

  • Is the application complete and presented in a professional manner?
  • Does the cover page description and outline clearly describe the project?
  • Does the application demonstrate a significant benefit and need for the project?
  • Does the project significantly benefit and impact the community, region or state?
  • Is there public recognition and acknowledgment of DAR involvement in the project?
  • Does the timeline support a realistic project completion within one year of funding?
  • Are the listed budget dollar amounts realistic and sustainable project costs?
  • Are all funding sources listed and secured to complete the project?
  • Are the listed 1:1 matching funds secured for budget expenses?
  • Does the project exemplify the DAR mission of historic preservation, education or patriotism in the community, region or state?
Grant Application, Processing, and Project Completion Time Frame:
  • December 31:
    Deadline by which grant proposals must be postmarked and mailed to the national chairman
  • April:
    Grant approvals are made by the NSDAR Executive Committee
  • May 1:
    Grant Agreement Form will accompany notification to successful applicants
  • May 1—21:
    Grantees return to the national chairman two signed copies of the Grant Agreement Form with documentation listing secured funds for completion of project, less amount of grant request. The Grant Agreement Form outlines the details governing the grant. The sponsoring NSDAR chapter or state organization will be notified by the national chairman of an approved grant to enable the sponsor to begin work with the entity regarding NSDAR's participation in the project
  • June 1:
    The Grants Awarded List is posted on the NSDAR public and members website committee pages following the national chairman's receipt of the signed Grant Agreement Forms from all grantees
  • No later than July 1:
    Upon approval by the NSDAR Treasurer General, the first payment of one half of the approved grant funds will occur within six weeks following receipt by the national chairman of the signed Grant Agreement Forms, signed by the entity's principal officer. The remaining funds will be distributed after submission of the final report following completion of the project, or phase of a larger project.