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Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant Program

Grants to Georgia Government Agencies
to Preserve Significant Sites

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Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Georgia government agencies to preserve significant sites in communities throughout the State. Funding is intended to support activities such as surveys, planning, educational projects, publications, workshops, pre-development projects, and repairs.

The HPF grant program is structured to support local preservation efforts and to strengthen the Certified Local Government (CLG) program statewide. The National Park Service (NPS) requires that all CLGs maintain a system of survey in order to be in compliance with their CLG designation. HPD encourages all CLGs ultimately to have a community-wide historic resources survey. Each CLG is classified as a Category I or a Category II CLG based on their survey standing. A Category I CLG is one that has not completed a historic resources survey or archaeological survey or updated an existing survey since 2005. A Category II CLG is one that has completed a historic resources survey or archaeological survey and/or updated their historic resources survey since 2005. Also, as a reminder, all CLGs applying for grant funding must be in good standing with HPD.

Category I CLGs are only eligible to apply for grants to complete or update historic resources or archaeological survey. To check whether your city or county has completed recent historic resources survey work, please refer to the list of Georgia’s historic resources surveys. 

Category II CLGs are eligible to apply for other survey and planning activities, such as National Register nominations, preservation planning (design guidelines, local designation reports, etc.), and information/education projects (brochures, DVDs, website development, heritage education materials, workshops/conferences, etc.). Training and workshop projects, however, must be related to an HPD program area and not be one offered already by HPD, such as CLG training. Category II CLGs are also eligible to apply for site-specific predevelopment grant projects, such as historic structures reports, preservation plans, architectural drawings, and specifications or site-specific development grant projects for rehabilitation projects such as roof, plaster, or window repair or structural/foundation stabilization for buildings, structures, or monuments.

Grant applications are rated according to objective selection criteria, and in relation to the quality of all the other applications received. The selection criteria emphasize the need for the project, sound project and financial administration, and proper preservation methodology. Also, geographical distribution and the selection of a variety of project types are factors in the award of grant funds.

Eligible activities include the following:

  • Historic resource surveys
  • Preservation planning activities & studies
  • National Register nominations
  • Educational activities & publications
  • Archaeological surveys and testing
  • Predevelopment (plans & specifications)
  • Development (bricks & mortar)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149026

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10-12 grants are awarded annually, depending on the amount of the Historic Preservation Fund allocation.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amounts generally range from $1,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin in June 2020 and must be completed by September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Certified Local Governments (CLG's) may apply for this grant funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2020. Grant awards will be announced in May 2020.

Grant applications are distributed to all interested parties the first Friday in December. At that time, the postmark deadline for completed applications also is announced, but typically it is early February. Applicants are encouraged to discuss grants projects with the grants coordinator before submitting applications. Grant awards are announced in April.

Contact Information:

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

Melanie Holthaus, Grants Coordinator

Allison Asbrock, Outreach Program, Manager and Grants Coordinator

Jewett Center for Historic Preservation
2610 GA HWY 155 SW
Stockbridge, Ga. 30281

P: 770.389.7844
F: 770.389.7878

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