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Community Heritage Preservation Grant

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Agencies, and
School Districts to Preserve Historic Buildings

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History (MDAH)

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09/30/16 5:00 PM


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Grants to Mississippi nonprofits, school districts, and government agencies to preserve historic courthouses and schools. Certified local governments may also restore other historic buildings. All buildings must be designated as Mississippi landmarks. Funds will be provided to restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic buildings.

Priority will be given to the following:

- Endangered properties. Consideration will be given to buildings that would be abandoned or demolished without grant funding. Consideration will also be given to those properties designated as one of Mississippi’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties by the Mississippi Heritage Trust.

- Projects that produce a high level of public benefit. This can mean the historic property:
a. Is regularly accessible to the public
b. Has educational value
c. Has potential for heritage tourism
d. Is an important community symbol or landmark

- Projects that best follow the Standards. A project must contribute to preserving the features of the building that make it eligible for Mississippi Landmark designation. All projects must meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

- Need. Grants may be awarded for three categories of preservation work: stabilization and immediate need, necessary repairs, and enhancement. Projects in the first category are generally given higher priority. Projects in the other two should preserve critical historic features or significantly influence a building’s continued use and preservation.

- Projects that promote the best long-term use of the property. The preservation of a property is ensured if its use does not require substantial change to its architectural design or historic character. Applicants who do not define a purpose for the property will not be considered. Additionally, MDAH must approve changes to the use of a property during the grant period. If a new use is implemented without approval, the grant must be returned.

- Projects with the highest level of significance.
The levels in descending order are:

a. National Historic Landmark
b. National Register of Historic Places listing or eligibility at national significance
c. National Register of Historic Places listing or eligibility at statewide significance
d. National Register of Historic Places listing or eligibility at local significance

If you are uncertain whether or not your property is a National Historic Landmark or listed on the National Register of Historic Places, search the MDAH Historic Resources Inventory Database at, or contact the Architectural History section of the Historic Preservation Division at 601-576-6940. If a property has not been designated a National Historic Landmark or listed on the National Register, applicants must document the significance of the property in the application.

- Counties participating in the Local Government Records program. For projects involving courthouses, priority is given to counties participating in the Local Government Records program and collecting the $1 recording fee. If a project involves the creation of county archival or records storage facilities, full participation is required.

- Projects that involve the installation of protective features when the absence of such features constitutes a serious threat to the historic structure. This can include the installation of burglary and fire detection/suppression systems.

- Geographic distribution and cultural diversity. In an attempt to preserve the entire range of Mississippi’s heritage the Board of Trustees will consider geographic distribution and cultural diversity. Geographic distribution will be a selection factor in instances where applications compete equally in the first eleven criteria.

- Projects that will be completed. In order to ensure that a historic resource will be returned to service, priority will be given to projects that will finalize the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, or reconstruction of the resource during this grant period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175246

Term of Contract:

All grant projects must follow prescribed benchmarks and must be completed by December 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Local historical societies
- Preservation organizations
- Individuals and private, for-profit entities are not eligible to receive grant funds.

The 61 CLG communities in Mississippi eligible for projects involving historic buildings other than courthouses or schools:

Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Biloxi, Brandon, Canton, Carrollton, Carthage, Centreville, Claiborne County, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Como, Corinth, Durant, Eupora, Friars Point, Gautier, Greenville, Greenwood, Grenada, Hattiesburg, Hazlehurst, Hernando, Holly Springs, Indianola, Jackson, Kosciusko, Laurel, Leland, Lexington, Louisville, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, Mound Bayou, Natchez, Newton, Ocean Springs, Oxford, Pascagoula, Philadelphia, Port Gibson, Quitman, Raymond, Ripley, Sardis, Senatobia, Sharkey County, Starkville, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville, Yazoo City

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must provide evidence of cash matching funds (private, local, or federal) in an amount not less than 20% of the total project.

Grant projects must have a designated Project Coordinator. In addition, projects above $75,000 require a licensed architect.

Grant applicants must include a comprehensive and well-defined plan for routine maintenance and long-term preservation with the grant application in order to be considered. After a grant has been awarded, owners must agree to put a 25-year Preservation and Maintenance Covenant on the property.

Contact Information:

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

Aileen de la Torre

Historic Preservation Division
MS Dept of Archives and History
P. O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205-0571

100 South State Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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USA: Mississippi