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Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant

Grants to Mississippi Local Governments
for the Preservation of Historic Sites

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)

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02/23/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Mississippi local governments to support the preservation of historically significant sites. The notice of intent is due November 3. Possible projects include surveys, rehabilitation and stabilization, professional assessments, publications and marketing, education and training, and the nomination of a historic site for inclusion on the Nation Register.

The CLG program seeks:

1) To develop and maintain local historic preservation programs that will influence local decisions critical to historic properties, and

2) To ensure the broadest possible participation of local governments in the national historic preservation program while maintaining preservation standards established by the Secretary of the Interior.

An incentive for participating in the CLG program is the annual availability of grant funds designated only for preservation projects in CLG communities. While administered by each SHPO, funding for CLG grants comes from the state’s Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant allocation from the National Park Service – at least 10% of the state’s HPF funding must be “passed-through” to CLG communities. The Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH) serves as the SHPO for the state and administers the CLG Grant Program.

Types of Projects Eligible for Funding:

Please consult your historic preservation commission, mayor, board of aldermen, and local interest groups (such as Main Street or a historical society) for project suggestions and involve them in the project planning. Some of these are also potential sources for local matching funds. You should contact consultants, contractors or other professionals as appropriate to get ideas on the cost of projects, so your estimated budgets will be realistic.

Types of projects which have been received CLG Grant funds in the past:

Survey projects identify and record information about properties and sites in a given area and must result in the completion of MDAH Historic Resources Inventory forms and a survey report. All survey activities must be conducted by individuals meeting appropriate professional qualifications.

National Register Nomination*:
National Register projects result in a completed nomination presented to the Mississippi Review Board for approval to be forwarded to the National Park Service. Typically, National Register projects are for District nominations rather than individual buildings. National Register nominations cannot be done without a Survey having been done previously unless the Survey and National Register Nomination are done as a joint project.

*Communities may combine a Survey and National Register District nomination for a given area into a single project.

Rehabilitation / Stabilization of Historic Resource:
Projects related to rehabilitation and restoration work on National Register-listed properties. Work on National Register eligible project may be considered if the project includes the nomination. All work to the property carried out during the grant period must be reviewed by MDAH and meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation Projects. Only structures owned by the public or a non-profit are eligible.

Professional Assessment:
CLG Grants can be used to hire a professional to evaluate a National Register-listed historic resource and produce a report with their findings. Reports for National Register eligible properties may also be considered if the project includes written nomination. These projects result in feasibility studies, structural assessments, historic structure reports, preservation master plans, and/or architectural drawings – all of which should help a community know what rehabilitation work should be done on the structure.

Publications / Marketing:
This category is for any publication or marketing project for a CLG’s historic resources. Examples include publications such as Design Guidelines or walking tour brochures. Unfortunately, the National Park Service has discontinued its support for signage as an allowable expense.

Education & Training:
These projects instruct the public and community officials in different aspects of historic preservation in the CLG. Also included in this category are “projects” that involve Historic Preservation Commission members attending a non-MDAH preservation related conference, workshop, or training during the grant period.

Most projects should fit into one of the categories listed above, but some eligible project ideas might not be so easily classified. Applicants who think their project fits in the “other” category are encouraged to discuss their project with MDAH staff early in their planning to ensure that the project is eligible for CLG Funding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156849

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Number of Grants:

The actual range and number of grant awards in a given year depends on the applications received. The suggested funding range has meant that about 12-15 projects each year for the past several years have been funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

MDAH does not have a set minimum or maximum grant amount set for CLG Grants; however it is recommended that applicants keep grant requests between $1,000 and $10,000. Because CLG Grants require a local match, the total project costs should range from $2,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects cannot start until the Memorandum of Agreement has been signed (May 2018). The project completion deadline is August 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local Governments who have an established local historic preservation program, have applied for, and received, CLG status before the application deadline (February 23, 2018) may apply for CLG Grant funds. Community groups may partner with the Local Government on projects, even serving as the sole source of the local matching funds, however, the Local Governing body must support the application.

CLGs must also be in good standing to be eligible for grants. In order to be in good standing, a CLG must:

1) Submit their CLG Annual Report to MDAH for October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017 which is due December 15, 2017

2) Regularly submit minutes of Historic Preservation Commission meetings to MDAH as they are distributed to Commission

3) Have had at least one representative of the HPC attend an approved Historic Preservation training

Pre-Application Information:

In recent years, MDAH has had $65,000 - $75,000 available for CLG Grants. MDAH expects that the amount available for FFY 2018 will be in that range again – likely around $70,000.

CLG Grants typically cover up to 50% of project costs and require a local match of at least 50%.

The first part of the application process is the Notice of Intent (NOI). NOIs are sent to CLGs in August and are due to MDAH on November 3, 2017.

Only Communities who submit an NOI for a CLG Grant in a fiscal year can submit a CLG Grant Application.

Grant applications are due February 23, 2018 and must be received by 5:00 PM.

Most projects should fit into one of the categories listed above, but some eligible project ideas might not be so easily classified. Applicants who think their project fits in the “other” category are encouraged to discuss their project with MDAH staff early in their planning to ensure that the project is eligible for CLG Funding.

The Board of Trustees will decide on the final grant awards in April.

Important Dates:
-Fall 2017: Announcement of CLG Grant availability, Grant Forms, and Grant Manual sent to CLG Coordinators
-November 3, 2017: Notices of Intent (NOIs) due to MDAH by 5:00 PM
-December 15, 2017: Annual Reports due to MDAH by 5:00 PM
-December 2017: MDAH will return comments on NOIs
-February 23, 2018: CLG Grant Applications due to MDAH by 5:00 PM
-Mid-April 2018: Board of Trustees decides on CLG Grant Awards & notification is sent to applicants
-May 2018: Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) sent to each grantee. PROJECTS CANNOT START UNTIL THE MOA HAS BEEN SIGNED BY MDAH AND THE CLG.
-September 28, 2018: Deadline for contracts to be in place (for projects with consultants). Failure to have a signed contract in place by this date may result in the termination of the grant.
-October 26, 2018: First Project Progress Report Due
-January 25, 2019: Second Project Progress Report Due
-April 26, 2019: Third Project Progress Report Due
-August 1, 2019: Project Completion Deadline; Final Project Completion Report Due
-August 30, 2019: Deadline for submitting all project materials and Final Financial Documentation
-September 2019: Reimbursements made to grantees**

These dates apply to all grant projects. Some projects may have additional due dates, such as when draft copies of materials are due for MDAH review, which will be outlined at the start of the Grant period by the CLG Grant Administrator.

**Note: Communities who complete their projects, including submission of all the required final reports and documentation, before August 2019 may receive their reimbursement before September 2019.

More information about the Certified Local Government Program may be found on the National Park Service website:

Contact Information:

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

Shelby Randall, CLG Grant Administrator

Mail applications to:
Shelby Randall
CLG Grant Administrator
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571

Deliver applications to:
Shelby Randall
CLG Grant Administrator
100 S. State Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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USA: Mississippi