Wars Commission Grant Fund Applications Being Accepted

Monday, August 10, 2020

The Tennessee Wars Commission, the Tennessee Historical Commission program devoted to preserving the state’s significant military history, has announced that they will begin accepting grant applications on Sept. 1 for the Tennessee Wars Commission Grant Fund. 

The Tennessee Wars Commission Grant Fund provides funding for the preservation, protection, promotion and interpretation of Tennessee’s military heritage ranging from the French and Indian War through the American Civil War.
In 2019, the Tennessee Wars Commission awarded a total of $109,680.00 to six applicants. Last year’s TWCGF-supported projects focused on researching, interpreting, and expanding the narrative at historical sites to include stories of African American contributions during the Civil War, the role of Civil War contraband camps in Memphis, and stories of the enslaved community at a Tennessee historic house museum. Other projects funded the purchase of replica Civil War-era artillery for battlefield parks, as well as expanding living history and educational programs.   

Since 1994, this grant program has funded over one hundred different projects preserving and interpreting the military legacy of Tennessee and Tennesseans. “The Wars Commission grant fund is an opportunity for Tennessee communities to enhance their war-related history through the preservation, acquisition, interpretation, and archaeology, of sites and structures related to the various wars, furthering our collective knowledge of these historical sites and events,” said Wars Commission Program Director Nina Scall.

While matching funding is not mandatory for the TWCGF, it is highly encouraged.  The deadline for submissions is Nov. 15.  The grant application process is digital.  Create an account and complete the application at https://tdec.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp.

For questions regarding the grant process or application procedure, contact Nina Scall, program director of the Tennessee Wars Commission via email at Nina.Scall@tn.gov.

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