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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Individuals, and Agencies to Preserve and Restore Historic Properties

Heritage Trust Fund (HTF)


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Funding Source
Kansas Historical Society (KSHS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/01/23 11:59 PM CST Save

Grant Description
Grants to Kansas nonprofit organizations, for-profit entities, individual property owners, and local agencies to preserve historic properties. Funding is intended to support construction expenses and a range of professional fees associated with the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Kansas Places. The purpose of the grant program is to help communities realize their preservation goals and increase interest in their historic resources.

Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Register of Historic Kansas Places, or as a contributing property in a National or State Register-listed historic district are eligible to apply. Often, non-historic properties (known as non-contributing properties) are located within registered historic districts. A property that is part of a National or State register district, therefore, must be identified as a "contributing property" within the district to qualify for grant funding.

The following types of preservation activities are eligible for funding through the grants program: 

  1. Rehabilitation: The act of making a property usable through repair, alterations, or additions while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. Example: the upgrading of mechanical systems, kitchens, and bathrooms.
  2. Restoration: The act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period. This may be accomplished by removing features from other periods of history or by reconstructing missing features from the chosen historical period. For all restoration projects, sufficient documentation must be provided to establish the form and detail of the property or features that existed at the time to which it is being restored. Example: restoration of a missing bell tower or decorative trim.
  3. Preservation: Includes those activities necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property. Preservation activities are intended to maintain and repair historic materials and features as they now exist, rather than replace them with new materials or extensive new construction. Preservation activities frequently are directed toward halting the deterioration of a site or maintaining existing materials. Example: repairing wooden windows or replacing a deteriorated roof.
  4. Non-construction activities: Activities such as the preparation of reports or plans that will be employed for the rehabilitation, restoration, or preservation of historic properties are eligible through the Heritage Trust Fund. Example: the preparation of architectural plans and contract documents; engineering studies; maintenance plans; and historic structure reports.

For information about the Scope of Work, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The grant applicant must own the property. If the property has more than one owner, the applicant must provide proof of agreement of all parties with the application.

Properties owned by the state or federal governments are not eligible, but those owned by local governments, private individuals, non-profit, and for-profit entities qualify.

Properties owned by for-profit corporations are only eligible for grant funds if the applicant can demonstrate that "the property's continued existence is threatened, or its rehabilitation is not economically feasible without grant assistance." This threat must come from forces not within the control of the corporation, such as severe structural deterioration or governmental action. Funds will not be provided simply to make the preservation of a property more profitable for a corporate applicant.

The State of Kansas or the United States federal government may not own the property.

Mobilization fees, travel, set-up, material purchase, etc., are not considered line items for reimbursement purposes and should be incorporated into applicable work items to be reimbursed once a line item is complete.

Ineligible activities can be found starting at

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicants are encouraged to attend a grant application workshop. The times and locations of the workshops are announced each year. Times and dates are posted on the website ( or you may contact the SHPO. Workshops are scheduled around the state to introduce the HTF program and grant application.

Pre-Application Information
Final applications are due by November 1, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.

Awards will be announced at the February 2024 meeting of the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review.

Once grant awards are approved, grantees are expected to pay all bills as they become due and payable then seek reimbursement from the Heritage Trust Fund for up to 80% of those costs. Grantees are expected to provide at least 20% of all allowable project costs. Grants involving properties owned by for-profit corporations will be matched dollar-for-dollar (50/50) for all eligible project costs. All matches claimed must be in the form of cash. Donated and indirect costs will not be accepted as a matching share. The cash match must be available and reserved for the project no later than the November application deadline.

The HTF grant program is a reimbursement grant. The grant recipient shall pay, in full, all costs of the project as they become due and payable.

Estimated Size of Grant
Ordinarily, no HTF reimbursement grant will exceed $100,000 or fall below $5,000. Exceptions to these limits may be granted if there are strong extenuating circumstances. The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review and the Executive Director of the Kansas Historical Society will consider requests for a grant award outside of these limits on a case-by-case basis.

Term of Contract
No project work may begin until this project agreement is signed, and the project administrator has attended a grant orientation.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; or

Heritage Trust Fund
Kansas Historic Preservation Office
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099

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