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Survey and Planning Grants - Partners in Preservation Grant

Grants to Connecticut Nonprofits and Municipalities
for Activities that Promote Historic Preservation

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Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) - Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Connecticut nonprofit organizations and municipalities for activities related to historic preservation. Funding is intended for initiatives that focus on preservation, such as promotion, public education, outreach, awareness, and visioning. Eligible projects should advance the goals of the State Historic Preservation Office.

Eligible activities:

Public Education and Awareness:

  • State Archaeological Preserve booklets that present well-illustrated and informative text on a designated preserve for the general public to encourage participation in efforts to preserve the designated resource.
  • Historic preservation public education events or publications
  • Historic district commission training
  • Development and publication of design review guidelines
  • Exhibit, website, virtual tour, brochure or poster that would highlight an annual preservation-related event including but not limited to: Historic Preservation Month (May), Connecticut Freedom Trail Month (September) or Archaeology Awareness Month (October)
  • The “architectural history” portion of a town major anniversary celebration (e.g 350th). 


  • Historic preservation publications, including books, brochures, and magazine features
  • Town or local non-profit website development or updates to promote historic preservation and architectural history
  • Heritage tourism materials, including mobile applications, that emphasize historic preservation
  • Walking tours of historic districts


  • Workshops that provide technical assistance to owners of historic properties
  • Public presentations on local historic preservation issues and tools


  • Charrettes or other team-approach activities that use public/private/non-profit collaboration to find solutions to local preservation planning issues including resource specific and broad-based preservation issues.
  • Publications that result from preservation problem-solving activities
  • Preservation “tool kits” that can provide a roadmap with resources to help local communities identify and protect their local resources.

Where applicable, work must be completed by a consultant who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards as published in the Code of Federal Regulations, 36 CFR Part 61.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155738

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Municipalities
- 501(c)(3) or 501(c)13 nonprofit organizations that have had tax-exempt status for at least two years
- 501(c)(3) or 501(c)13 nonprofit organizations that have had tax-exempt status for less than two years but can demonstrate at least a 5-year history of sustainable organizational capacity and historic preservation program activity. Must be individually approved as eligible for funding by the Historic Preservation Council.

An Eligible applicant cannot apply for a grant on behalf of an ineligible group or organization.

Project consultants cannot be preselected, and any potential consultants cannot play any role in the design of the project or application.

Ineligible Activities and Costs Include:
- Costs incurred prior to the contract start date or after the contract expiration date
- Acquisition of real estate
- Construction, restoration, rehabilitation
- Curation/collections management
- Equipment purchase
- General operating expenses
- Hospitality expenses including food, beverages, entertainment
- Interpretive expenses
- Non-conformance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- Projects already underway
- Regranting
- Scholarships
- Software acquisition
- Travel

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are now being accepted for the June 2, 2021 Historic Preservation Council meeting. Please submit your application by May 5, 2021 for consideration.

NEW - Effective May 6, 2020 through June 2, 2021 the 50% match for Survey and Planning and Partners In Preservation Grants has been waived.

Grants must be matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis with cash. Federal funds and other non-state funds can be used as a match. State of Connecticut funds cannot be used as a match. In-kind services cannot be used as a match.

Grant funds are paid to grantees on a single-payment reimbursement basis following the completion of the project and approval of all work by SHPO staff.

Please contact Mary Dunne to discuss a project if you are unsure of its eligibility.

Contact Information:

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

Mail applications to:

DECD/State Historic Preservation Office
Attn: Mary Dunne
450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5
Hartford, CT 06103

Applications may also be emailed to:

(860) 500-2356

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