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Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant

Grants to Vermont Local Agencies for the
Preservation of Historically Significant Sites

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State of Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development - Vermont Division for Historic Preservation (VDHP)

Deadline Date:

12/07/20 4:30 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Vermont local government agencies for the preservation of historically significant sites. Funding is intended to support the evaluation, identification, registration, 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:

Priority I Projects:

  • Survey
  • National Register
  • Preservation Planning
  • Information and Education
  • Pre-Development

Priority II Projects:

  • Development 

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.

For information about Priority I Projects, see here:

For information about Priority II Projects, see here:

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.

For allowable costs, see here:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143861

Estimated Size of Grant:

These grants are typically for projects in the $5,000 - $10,000 range.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: October 1, 2020 – September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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:

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: On or before 4:30 PM, Monday, December 7, 2020.

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.

2021 Grant Program Cycle:

- October 1, 2020: Start of federal fiscal year 2021.
- October 2, 2020: VDHP notifies all CLG communities of the availability of CLG grant funding and provides a link to the grant application.
- December 7, 2020: CLG grant applications and all supporting materials must be submitted to VDHP.
- January 21, 2021: 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 2021: Preparation and execution of Grant Agreement between sub-recipient and VDHP.
- March 2021: Commence work on the project.

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:

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Preservation Planning:

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Identification:

Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Evaluation:

Secretary of the Interior's Standards For Registration:

How to Apply the National Register Criteria for Evaluation:

How to Complete the National Register Registration Form:

Standards for Rehabilitation:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All application materials should be submitted electronically via email to:

Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian

Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
One National Life Drive
Deane C. Davis Building, 6th Floor
Montpelier, Vermont 05620-0501

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