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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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04/29/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $35,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, local governments, and institutions for the preservation of historic resources. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. Funding is intended for a range of survey and planning projects, as well as the stabilization of historically significant buildings.

Survey and Planning Projects

Priority project areas

Publications and reports will be produced in digital format only. Grants are encouraged for a variety of historic preservation projects under the following categories:

  • Identifying, Recording, and Recognizing Historic Properties
  • Planning for Historic Districts and Multiple Historic Properties
  • Strengthening Local Government Historic Preservation Programs
  • Preservation Education
  • Planning for Individual Historic Properties

For more details on the above categories, see the URL for Full Text link below.

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.

Eligible Activities and Products

Eligible products include, but are not limited to, historic property survey forms and reports, National Register nominations, preservation plans, design guidelines, and educational activities. For information about eligible activities and products, see the Guide to Federal Grant Projects in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167372

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards usually range from $2,500 to $25,000. The maximum amount awarded is $35,000.

Term of Contract:

Applicants selected for funding should plan for their projects to begin sometime after September 1, 2021. You will be notified if an earlier start date is possible. Projects selected for funding must be completed by September 30, 2022 (no extensions granted).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any local government, non-profit, 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 Certified Local Governments (CLGs). If funding is available after the required CLG minimum is met, then non-CLG projects may also be selected for funding to help support local historic preservation activities. CLG grants are awarded to the local government, or its designated third-party (which can be a non-profit organization).

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

Archaeologists, architectural historians, historians, and architects that work with grant-assisted projects must meet minimum qualifications required by the National Park Service.

Applications involving projects where the applicant has already selected consultants prior to submittal of the grant application will not be selected for funding.

For educational activities, grant funds will not be awarded for websites, exhibits, interpretive signage, oral history projects, or archival research projects.

For building stabilization projects, projects that are not eligible include routine maintenance, climate control, plumbing and electrical, repairs to cemetery grave markers, and routine cemetery maintenance. Interior work is not eligible unless it is structural.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM, April 29, 2021. This is NOT a postmark deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application and all supporting materials electronically.

Contact Brad Sauls, Grants Manager, before you apply to discuss your potential project.

This grant program requires a 50% match from the grantee. Grant funds are paid to the recipient as a reimbursement for 50% of the approved project costs, not to exceed the grant award.

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 SHPO will reimburse grantees after it approves the project work and receives appropriate documentation of expenditures.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications via email, postal service, or express courier:

Brad Sauls, Supervisor of Survey, Registration, and Grants

Brad Sauls
2021 Federal Historic Preservation Grants
State Historic Preservation Office
SC Dept. of Archives and History
8301 Parklane Road
Columbia, SC 29223-4905

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