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2018 Federal Historic Preservation Grants

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, Local
Governments, and Institutions for Historic Preservation

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South Carolina Department of Archives and History, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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02/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $30,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, local governments, and institutions for the preservation of historic resources. Applicants should contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is available for a range of survey and planning projects, as well as the stabilization of historically significant buildings.

Historic Preservation Grants are federal funds from the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and administered by the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). Funds for the grant program are derived from Outer Continental Shelf mineral receipts. Each year the NPS allocates funds to the SHPO to help cover the cost of its operations, salaries and grants. Ten percent of those grant funds awarded to the SHPO must be passed through to Certified Local Governments (CLGs) per federal regulations. The SHPO awards additional grant monies to non-CLG projects to help support local historic preservation activities when funding levels permit.

Survey and Planning Projects:

Priority Project Areas

Survey and Planning Grants are encouraged for a variety of historic preservation projects under the following categories:

Identifying, Recording, and Recognizing Historic Properties
-Surveys to record properties with historical or architectural importance in a town or county
-Studies that identify potential locations of archaeological sites
-Archaeological surveys of multiple sites
-National Register nominations for historic districts or multiple properties

Planning for Historic Districts and Multiple Historic Properties
-Plans for historic districts which may include recommendations for streetscape improvements, landscaping, traffic flow, parking, building use, guidelines for new construction, zoning, gateways, etc.
-Recommendations for rehabilitating facades in historic districts

Strengthening Local Government Historic Preservation Programs
-Development and publication of design guidelines for planning and reviewing changes to locally designated historic properties and new construction in historic districts
-Writing or amending preservation ordinances
-Publications to inform and educate property owners in locally designated historic districts
-Preparation of, or revisions to, the historic properties sections of local comprehensive plans

Preservation Education
-Preservation workshops or conferences
-Curriculum materials for public schools
-Publications highlighting historic properties identified through surveys
-Technical assistance programs for owners of historic properties
-Does NOT include: websites, exhibits, interpretive signage, oral history projects, or archival research projects

Planning for Individual Historic Properties
-Feasibility and adaptive re-use studies for a historic building
-Conditions assessment for a historic building
-Plans and specifications for repairs to a historic building
-Studies and management plans for archaeological sites

Stabilization Projects:

Building Stabilization Projects:

CLG grant funds may be used to help pay for stabilization repairs to National Register-listed buildings. Examples of eligible projects include replacing a leaking roof, repairing the structural framework of a building, and repairing deteriorated doors and windows to make a building watertight. Projects that are not eligible include routine building maintenance, climate control systems, plumbing or electrical, repairs to cemetery grave markers, and routine cemetery maintenance. Interior work is not eligible unless it is structural. All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Stabilization projects require a preservation covenant agreement of up to 20 years be recorded with the property deed.

To be considered for funding, applications for Stabilization projects should include complete “bid-ready” plans and specifications for proposed work prepared by an architect or appropriate qualified professional. Applications may include a budget line to help pay for design fees, but projects that have already completed this step outside of the grant will be given priority consideration.

Project Work:

Your project work must be carried out by professionals and will be subject to review and approval by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). All work must comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s "Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation" and SHPO's guidelines and standards. You cannot be reimbursed retroactively for work completed prior to the grant award.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167372

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards usually range from $2,500 to $25,000. The maximum amount awarded is $30,000.

Term of Contract:

All grant-funded work must be approved and completed not later than September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any local government, nonprofit, or institution in South Carolina may apply for a Federal Historic Preservation Grant.

The SHPO’s first priority will be to fund projects in South Carolina’s CLGs. If funding is available after the required CLG minimum is met, then non-CLG projects may also be selected for funding. CLG grants are awarded to the local government, or its designated third-party (which can be a nonprofit organization).

South Carolina's CLGs (34 cities and 1 county) are: Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Beaufort, Bennettsville, Bluffton, Blythewood, Charleston, Cheraw, Chester, Chesterfield, Clinton, Columbia, Conway, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Fort Mill, Georgetown, Greenville, Greer, Hartsville, Horry County, Laurens, Lexington, McClellanville, McCormick, Mount Pleasant, Rock Hill, Seneca, Spartanburg, Sullivan’s Island, Summerville, Sumter, and York.

Pre-Application Information:

Because these are 50/50 reimbursable matching grants, each grant applicant must demonstrate a dollar-for-dollar match and pay for the project costs up front. Matching funds must be from any non-federal source, except in the case of Community Development Block Grant funds and certain tribal funds. The South Carolina Department of Archives and History will reimburse grantees after it approves the project work and receives appropriate documentation of expenditures.

Reminder: Contact Brad Sauls to discuss your project before you apply.

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM, February 2, 2018.

Grants will be awarded by late Summer 2018.

Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines:

Contact Information:

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

Brad Sauls

South Carolina Department of Archives and History
State Historic Preservation Office
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223

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