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Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant

Grants to Kansas Agencies, IHEs, and
Organizations to Preserve Historic Resources

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Kansas Historical Society and Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Historic Preservation Fund (HPF)

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Deadline Date:

03/31/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Kansas local governments, IHEs, and other eligible organizations for efforts to preserve historic resources. Funding is intended to support a range of projects, including surveys, educational activities, disaster preparedness, training, conferences, and other activities that contribute to the preservation of the built environment and archeological resources. Through property identification and evaluation, communities may assess their historic properties and develop plans for their recognition and preservation.

HPF grants must result in a completed, tangible product and/or measurable result. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Surveys to identify a community’s historic structures or archeological sites
  • Testing to assess National Register of Historic Places eligibility of archeological sites
  • Preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Development of preservation plans for properties or communities
  • Historic preservation-related educational activities
  • Preservation-focused disaster preparedness plans
  • Preservation-focused conferences and training opportunities
  • Preservation assistants for organizations and local preservation commissions
  • Archeological testing and excavation (with additional review and oversight)
  • Physical preservation and repair of historic properties (with additional review and oversight)
  • Any other activities focused on the preservation of cultural resources in the state  

Funding Priorities

Urgent Priority

  • Surveys and/or National Register nominations focused on the history of a population in Kansas that is currently underrepresented in the inventory and/or National Register designations.
  • Projects to increase knowledge and awareness of historic resources associated with minority populations in Kansas
  • Surveys of residential neighborhoods, especially those developed post-WWII and mid-20th century.
  • Surveys of modern movement architectural styles constructed between 1950 and 1970. 

For a list of Medium Priority projects, see

A priority for Certified Local Governments (CLGs) specifically is the planning and implementation of regional or local workshops and seminars that promote the use of traditional craftsmanship to preserve and repair historic properties. CLGs are encouraged to apply for grant funding to send members of their planning and preservation commissions to historic preservation training and conferences in-state as well as other regional and national preservation conferences and preservation training opportunities. Attendance may be in person or remote. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155454

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The SHPO awards grant monies to cities, counties, universities, and other eligible organizations, to help support local historic preservation activities.

Applications from Certified Local Governments (CLGs) will be given priority consideration. A current list of CLGs in Kansas is available online at

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on March 31, 2021.

Applicants may submit preliminary applications for review by SHPO staff prior to the submission of the final application. Although preliminary applications are not required, they are highly encouraged. SHPO staff will review the applications for omissions or inconsistencies and return them, with comments, to the applicant for any necessary changes. Preliminary applications must be submitted through the online submission system by March 1, 2021

Grants will be awarded on May 8, 2021, at the quarterly Historic Sites Board of Review meeting.

Grant regulations require applicants to provide a minimum of 40% of the project total as a match for the 60% reimbursed by grant funds. The 40% match may be provided as direct payment of costs or donation of services. Certified Local Governments (CLGs) who have difficulty providing a full 40% match should contact the SHPO for assistance. This match requirement may be waived by SHPO for CLGs when circumstances warrant.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Katrina Ringler, Grants Manager and CLG coordinator
785-272-8681 ext. 215

Kansas Historical Society
Cultural Resources Division
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
785-272-8681, ext. 240

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