The Fund prioritizes three program goals and supports only those projects that demonstrate significant and measurable impact:
1. Preserve the Full Spectrum of American Latino History
The current composition within the National Historic Landmarks Program does not accurately reflect the diversity of the nation. The Fund helps engage the Latino community and stakeholders involved in historic preservation in identifying historic sites and places essential to understanding the impact of Latino heritage in the United States. Our funding is applied to working with groups in nominating these sites to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or the National Historic Landmark program.
2. Catalyze a National Dialogue that Shares a More Inclusive Story of the American Experience
Despite a 400-year history in North America and the existence of vibrant communities throughout the United States, Latino culture, heritage, visitation and stewardship of national parks are severely underrepresented at national parks and historical sites. The Fund has created a grant program to help the National Park Service, and other partners, raise the profile of American Latino heritage and history while increasing Latinos' attendance at national parks.
3. Open Channels of Engagement for Participation
at National Parks
The Latino community accounts for approximately 54 million people in the American population, but only represent nine percent (9%) of national park visitors. The Fund is partnering with recreation experts and the NPS to identify innovative ways to engage the Latino community in outdoor recreation opportunities that support the cultures and lifestyles of today's diverse American public.