UPCOMING LISTENING SESSIONS—PLEASE JOIN US
Thank you for your continued interest and participation in the *Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program. In preparation for the upcoming Fiscal Year 2010 grant cycle, we would like to hear your thoughts on this first year of the grant program. We encourage you to provide your comments on the components of the grant program that you would like to see continued, and any aspects of the grant program that you would like to see changed.
As part of that information-gathering process, the NPS will host a series of "Listening Sessions" in early December at several locations throughout the country. We invite you to provide your thoughts in person at one of these Listening Sessions, which are listed under the "Meeting Notices" tab on the left side of this page.
If you are unable to attend one of the "Listening Sessions," but would like to provide comments, please click on the "Open for Public Comment" tab listed on the left side of this page. Please submit comments by Wednesday, December 9, 2009.
On December 21, 2006, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 109-441, which authorized the NPS to create a program to encourage and support the preservation and interpretation of historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. The Act also directed the NPS to consult with a variety of governmental, educational, and private nonprofit organizations in the development of a grant program to achieve the purposes of the Act. On June 11, 2007, the House Committee on Appropriations directed the NPS to provide a report that described how the agency would implement the grant program (H. Rpt. 110-187).
In preparation for a congressional appropriation and in response to the directive from the House Committee on Appropriations, the NPS engaged the public to gain valuable input to assist in the development of this grant program. The NPS consulted with state, local, and tribal governments, other public entities, educational institutions, and private nonprofit organizations, including those involved in the preservation of historic confinement sites. During this process, the NPS engaged more than 1,000 individuals representing more than 40 organizations, governmental entities, and academic institutions. They shared their hopes and expectations and helped shape the evaluation criteria and guidelines for the grant program.
On May 21, 2008, this information was presented by the Department of the Interior, on behalf of the NPS, to the House Committee on Appropriations in the Report to Congress Pursuant to Public Law 109-441: Preservation of Japanese American World War II Confinement Sites. This report outlined the legislative requirements, project categories, evaluation criteria, and program administration guidelines for the grant program
In Fiscal Year 2009, Congress appropriated $1 million for the first year of the grant program. The NPS awarded 19 grants totaling $970,000 to help preserve and interpret the historic confinement sites where more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were confined during World War II. The grants were awarded through a competitive process, providing $2 in federal money for every $1 in non-federal funds and/or "in-kind" contributions raised by groups and individuals working to preserve the sites and their histories.
Please visit the grant program website for a complete list of the Fiscal Year 2009 Grant Awards and additional program information: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/JACS/index.html
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