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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

Deadline Date:

02/01/21 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $20,000 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. All grant projects must be either conducted or supervised by personnel who meet recognized professional qualifications.

The HPF grant program is structured to support local preservation efforts and to strengthen the Certified Local Government (CLG) program statewide. CLGs may apply for three categories of projects: pre-development, development, and survey and planning.

Predevelopment grant applications are for site-specific predevelopment planning activities, such as historic structures reports, conditions assessment reports, structural assessment reports, preservation plans, architectural drawings, and specifications. Cemetery projects such as cemetery resource/monument surveys, ground-penetrating radar surveys, preservation plans, master plans, or conditions assessment reports are also eligible. 

The development grant application is for physical “bricks and mortar” rehabilitation activities for historic site-specific buildings, structures, monuments, and places, including cemeteries and parks. Site-specific development grant projects for rehabilitation projects could include roof, plaster, or window repair or structural/foundation stabilization for buildings, structures, or monuments. 

The survey and planning grant application is for activities such as historic resources survey, National Register nominations, preservation planning (design guidelines, local designation reports, etc.), and information/education projects (brochures, DVDs, website development, heritage education/heritage tourism materials, workshops/conferences, etc. More information regarding eligible projects can be found on pages 4-6 of the Survey and Planning Grant Package (in Supporting Documents below).

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 and studies
  • National Register nominations
  • Educational activities and publications
  • Archaeological surveys and testing
  • Predevelopment (plans and specifications)
  • Development (bricks and 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:

Average grant awards from the HPF grant program range from $10,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may begin in June 2021 and must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Certified Local Governments (CLG's) may apply for this grant funding. CLG's are assigned to categories by HPD based on the historic preservation work previously completed in their communities. CLGs in Category I either have not yet completed a community-wide historic structures/archaeological survey or need to update an older, out-of-date survey. Category I CLGs may only apply for survey funding. Category II CLGs have completed or updated a community-wide survey and may, therefore, apply for any of the activities listed above.

The applicant for a Historic Preservation Fund grant must be the local government itself. The Chief Executive Officer must have the legal authority to accept a federal grant on behalf of the local government.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked on or before February 1, 2021. Grant awards will be announced in May 2021.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss grants projects with the grants coordinator before submitting applications.

All grants are awarded on a 60% federal/40% local matching basis. The grant must be matched by non-federal funds. This match must be partially cash but may include donated materials and labor, as well as staff and/or volunteers.

HPF grant funds are reimbursable grants.

Contact Information:

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

Send applications to:
Marah Grossman, Grants Coordinator
Historic Preservation Division, GA DCA
60 Executive Park South
Atlanta, Georgia 30329

Contact Grants Coordinator, Marah Grossman, at for applications and questions.

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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