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Home News May 15, 2014
$500,000 Historic Preservation Fund Competitive Grant Program Due June 30
The National Park Service has developed a Request for Proposals to guide the distribution of grants to states for projects addressing the heritage of underrepresented communities. It is likely that 20 to 50 competitive grants, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, will be awarded.
According to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In Fiscal Year 2014, Congress made $500,000 available through the Historic Preservation Fund to assist the states in their efforts to broaden the inclusion of under represented communities in statewide inventories of historic properties and the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the prestige associated with federal status, eligibility for federal tax credits and grants accompanies this prestigious status while also paving the way for protection associated with local designation.
The National Park Service has developed a Request for Proposals to guide the distribution of the FY 2014 appropriation in the form of grants to the states. It is likely that 20 to 50 competitive grants, ranging from $25,000 to $75,000, will be awarded. In anticipation of this program, last year the Department of the Interior issued a call for proposals from the states for projects that would address the heritage of underrepresented communities. A compilation of 100+ proposals received from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and American Samoa has been scanned. At this time, NPS is asking State Historic Preservation Officers to review the proposals submitted last year, add to or refine them if necessary, and resubmit proposals to the NPS. Grant projects must support the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently under-represented in statewide inventories of historic properties, as determined by the SHPO. Successful proposals will emphasize creative projects that promote the preservation of your state’s diverse cultural resources. NPS encourages the development of public-private partnerships and robust community engagement leading to projects that will serve as models to communities nationwide for innovative survey and documentation strategies. The grant application review panel will give special consideration to projects that engage and employ youth, especially those projects with a service learning component. Within one year of the completion of the grant, all projects must result in 1) the submission of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places, or 2) the amendment to an existing National Register nomination to include underrepresented populations.
You may have an idea for a proposal which is not in the current list. If you haven’t already, now is the time to reach out to your State Historic Preservation Officer. Find out how to contact your SHPO here. State Historic Preservation Officers must submit proposals no later than June 30, 2014, so time is of the essence.
Please go directly to your SHPO with questions. You will have to partner with the SHPO to submit an application, and the SHPO will likely have ideas about the types of projects for which you will want to apply. Now is an optimal time to start building a relationship with your SHPO. As a backup, reach out to NPS' Hampton Tucker.