Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP)
12/17/18 4:30 PM
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Vermont local government agencies for the historic preservation of local sites. Funding is intended to support the evaluation, identification, registration, education, planning, and preservation of properties of historical interest located in communities throughout the State.
Vermont established its Certified Local Government (CLG) program to better help local governments integrate historic preservation concerns with planning and decision making processes. Because preservation most often happens at the local level, joining the CLG program is an important and effective way to preserve Vermont's historic places.
All grant projects must include a public information component about the purpose of the project and the value of historic preservation to the local community.
There are six broad project categories within which a CLG may apply for grant funding:
1. Priority I Projects:
- National Register
- Preservation Planning
- Information and Education
2. Priority II Projects:
CLG matching grants can be used to fund a wide variety of local preservation projects, including the following:
- Architectural, historical, archeological surveys, and oral histories that help identify significant and ordinary properties;
- Preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places;
- Research and development of historic context information;
- Staff work for historic preservation commissions, including designation of properties under local landmarks ordinances;
- Writing or amending preservation ordinances;
- Preparation of preservation plans;
- Public information and education activities;
- Publication of historic sites inventories;
- Development and publication of design guidelines;
- Preparation of zoning studies;
- Development and publication of walking/driving tours;
- Development of slide/tape shows, videotapes;
- Training for commission members and staff;
- Development of architectural drawings and specifications;
- Preparation of streetscape, facade studies, or condition assessments; and
- In some years, rehabilitation or restoration of properties individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or contributing to a National Register historic district.
Priority I Projects:
- Survey projects must conform to the Vermont Historic Sites and Structures Survey or Vermont Archaeological Inventory, as appropriate. The survey identifies those buildings, structures, sites, complexes and districts that are significant in Vermont's history. Depending upon the extent of survey required in the community, it may be advisable to phase the survey over more than one year.
- National Register projects, to be most cost-effective, should be for historic districts and/or multiple property nominations identified by the CLG commission, along with the VDHP, as being eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. A “historic district” possesses a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of sites, buildings, structures, or objects united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development. A “multiple property listing” is a cover document that serves as the basis for evaluating the National Register eligibility of related properties. Individual properties can also be nominated.
- Preservation Planning must be in cooperation with the Vermont Historic Preservation Plan, the statewide preservation planning process. Through the survey and National Register process, a community can identify and evaluate its significant properties and establish goals and priorities for their continued use and protection. This information should be integrated into the community's land planning documents and conservation efforts.
- Information and Education projects inform the general public about the value of historic preservation. Every CLG grant project must contain a public information and education component. But a CLG may apply for a grant to do only a public information and education project. The CLG can sponsor programs, brochures or a newspaper series. For instance, special events in May for Preservation Month or in September for Vermont Archaeology Month, can be eligible for funding. Training CLG commission members and staff of the municipality working with the commission are eligible for funding.
- Pre-Development projects plan for the work necessary to carry out construction work. Architectural plans and specifications, historic structures reports, engineering studies, archaeological testing and feasibility studies are types of pre-development work. (A historic structures report analyzes the property, establishes preservation priorities and a schedule to accomplish them).
To be eligible to apply for a CLG grant for a pre-development project, the project must be for a property - or properties - listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible by the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and will be nominated before or as part of the pre-development project. The project work must provide information necessary to carry out a development project that will meet "The Secretary's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties." The level of information produced by the proposed pre-development project should be determined by the needs of the property. Nevertheless, the products produced by the pre-development grant project must clearly be consistent with the Standards.
Priority II Projects:
Funding is awarded to Priority II projects only after all eligible Priority I projects have been funded and if there is still grant money available to award.
Development projects are actual "bricks and mortar" construction work. To be eligible to apply for a CLG grant for a development project:
1. The project must be for a property that is listed in the National Register.
2. The property must be owned by the municipality.
3. The property must be open to the public.
4. The property must be accessible to the handicapped.
5. The project must conform to local and regional plans.
6. The project work must be for stabilization or restoration work which contributes to preserving the historic qualities and architectural features of the property which make it eligible for the National Register. New additions, code improvements, utility systems work, and most routine maintenance are ineligible for funding.
7. The project work must meet "The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties."
8. Most development project work will require architectural plans and specifications. The cost of architectural plans and specifications and on-site architectural supervision is an allowable cost for a development grant project.
9. The CLG, in its Grant Agreement with the VDHP for a development project grant, will agree to "...assume the cost of continued maintenance and repair of the property so as to preserve the architectural, historical, or archaeological integrity of the property for 5 years in order to protect those qualities that made the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places." All costs must directly relate to the accomplishment of the approved project. In general, the types of costs which are allowable include:
- Advertising for consultants,
- Communications such as telephone and postage,
- Project consultants' fees,
- Materials and supplies consumed by the project,
- Mileage, personnel costs (including wages and fringe benefits),
- Printing and reproduction.
Any other costs are unallowable, unless specifically approved in writing by the VDHP.
GrantWatch ID#: 143861
These grants are typically for projects in the $5,000 - $10,000 range.
Grant Period: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020
There are five standards that must be met in order to become a Certified Local Government:
- Pass local legislation for the designation and protection of historic properties;
- Create a qualified historic preservation review commission with design review authority;
- Maintain a system for survey and inventory of historic properties;
- Provide for adequate public participation in the local historic preservation program; and
- Satisfactorily perform the responsibilities delegated to it by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
Current CLG Communities are listed here:
Application Deadline: On or before 4:30 PM, Monday, December 17, 2018.
All application materials should be submitted electronically via email. If you are unable to do so, or for any questions about the application process, please contact Devin Colman.
The program cycle follows the federal fiscal year (October 1 – September 30). CLG grants are awarded annually.
2019 Grant Program Cycle:
- October 1, 2018: Start of federal fiscal year 2019.
- October 15, 2018: VDHP notifies all CLG communities of the availability of CLG grant funding and provides a link to the grant application.
- December 17, 2018: CLG grant applications and all supporting materials must be submitted to VDHP.
- January 2019: VDHP staff review all applications and present them to the Vermont Advisory Council on Historic - Preservation (VACHP). After review and discussion, VACHP scores each grant application and awards funding. VDHP notifies each applicant of the results of the VACHP application review.
- February 2019: Preparation and execution of Grant Agreement between sub-recipient and VDHP.
- March 2019: Commence work on the project.
- September 30, 2019: End of federal fiscal year 2019
- October 1, 2019: Start of federal fiscal year 2020
- December 1, 2019: Initial progress report must be submitted to VDHP.
- April 1, 2020: Second progress report must be submitted to VDHP.
- August 1, 2020: Deadline to complete the project.
- August – September 2020: Sub-recipient completes final budget form, documents proof of payment and local match, and writes final project report. Submit all of these materials to VDHP with the request for reimbursement.
- September 30, 2020: End of federal fiscal year 2020. All 2019 CLG grant projects must be completed, paid and closed out by this date. Extensions beyond this date are not possible
Certified communities are eligible to apply for a matching grant for preservation projects. Priority I CLG grants are awarded at a 60% federal / 40% local match ratio, and Priority II CLG grants are awarded at a 50% federal / 50% local match ratio. Matching share” refers to the applicant's contribution toward the total cost of the project. The matching share can be cash, donated or in-kind services, or a combination of the three.
All grant funds are paid on a reimbursement basis at the successful completion of the project.
A CLG Community may apply for multiple projects in the same year, but a separate application form is required for each project. For example, one application should be submitted for a Survey project to update the local Historic Sites and Structures Survey, and a second application should be submitted for an Information and Education project to attend a conference or training workshop.
The appropriate Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Preservation Planning, Identification, Evaluation and Registration apply to all CLG grant projects.
For additional information about the Certified Local Government Program:
CLG Communities and Coordinators: https://accd.vermont.gov/historic-preservation/clg-coordinators
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Preservation Planning:
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Identification: https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_2.htm
Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Evaluation: https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_3.htm
Secretary of the Interior's Standards For Registration: https://www.nps.gov/history/local-law/arch_stnds_4.htm
How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation: https://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb15/
How to Complete the National Register Registration Form: https://www.nps.gov/nr/publications/bulletins/nrb16a/
Standards for Rehabilitation: https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/four-treatments/treatment-rehabilitation.htm
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian
Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501