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Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC)

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12/31/18 12:00 PM Hand-Delivery; or Postmarked by Date


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Grants to Rhode Island local governments for projects related to the preservation of historically significant sites. Applicants are advised to contact their local planning office prior to the deadline to obtain required signatures. Projects may involve evaluation and identification, public awareness, and planning and protection of sites and properties listed in or considered eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Eligible properties include individual sites and buildings, historic districts and buildings which are considered contributing elements of a historic district.

FFY 2019 Funding Priorities:

The RIHPHC will receive applications for CLG grants in the subject areas listed below. The RIHPHC will evaluate all applications received and will give special attention to those which address important preservation needs within the applicant community or to a statewide preservation need. The State Historic Preservation Plan adopted by the RIHPHC and the historic preservation element in local community comprehensive plans will provide the context for evaluating project applications. Special consideration will be given to those projects which address the needs of an endangered property or properties which have extraordinary significance.

Statewide Projects:
1. Annual statewide historic preservation conference
2. Training sessions for members of local historic district commissions
3. Other activities which address a statewide preservation need

Identification/evaluation of Historic Resources:
1. Surveys, especially of resources not yet evaluated, such as underwater wrecks, or whose
documentation does not meet current standards
2. Preparation of National Register nominations
3. Data management such as creating or updating databases or GIS systems

Planning Activities:
1. Preparation of the preservation component of a community comprehensive plan
2. Any preservation activity identified in a community's comprehensive plan as necessary 3. preparation of ordinance drafts, rules, etc.

Public Education Activities:
1. Documents in print and electronic media related to the operation of historic district zoning,
such as brochures, standards, guidelines
2. Other print or electronic documents, such as walking tours, surveys, etc.
3. Signage, such as wayfinding signs for historic districts, plaques, etc.
4. Curriculum development, docent training, etc. for historic properties and places

Resource‐specific Activities:
1. Architectural and engineering plans and specifications
2. Engineering reports
2. Feasibility studies
3. Historic structures reports and cultural landscapes reports

Project Selection Criteria:

The RIHPHC will score and rank grant applications and award grants based on the above funding priorities and project selection criteria as follows:

-National Register Significance: This criterion rates relative architectural and historical significance of properties affected by the project activity. Projects involving properties which are eligible or recommended for listing on the National Register receive priority. Rare, unique, or key landmarks merit special consideration.

-Project Need: This criterion rates the need and importance of the proposed project. Projects are encouraged which are an appropriate step in the development of the particular local historic preservation program. Projects involving issues identified in the Commission's comprehensive planning process, projects addressing historical resources with special needs, and projects which further local planning efforts are preferred.

-Project Impact: This criterion rates the extent to which the public may directly benefit from the project. Projects with broader or statewide impact rank higher than those with local impact. Applications for seed money which can lead to a larger or multi‐phase project may have greater impact than a more limited project.

Other factors considered include geographic distribution of grants awarded throughout the state; administrative capacity to successfully carry out a grant project, including previous experience in managing grants; and projects which match federal grant funds with cash matching share are encouraged.

Ability to meet general program requirements is also considered including compliance with applicable federal regulations, and presenting a scope of work which can be accomplished within the allotted time framework.

While restoration construction projects are not eligible to apply for CLG grants, architectural studies, plans and specifications, and building reuse feasibility studies are eligible for grants. These types of projects may be particularly appropriate for endangered resources.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176665

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Term of Contract:

The estimated project start date is April - July 1, 2019. All projects must be complete by 9/30/2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Currently, eighteen communities are eligible to apply for CLG grants: Bristol, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Glocester, Hopkinton, Newport, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, and Warwick.

Communities with certification applications on file before the application deadline may submit grant proposals for Commission consideration in the event that certification is approved.

Restoration construction projects are not eligible to apply for CLG grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants should contact their local planning office well in advance of the deadline for needed signatures.

Monday, December 31, 2018: Application Deadline
Applications must be postmarked by this date (or hand delivered by 12:00 p.m.)

The RIHPHC reviews and selects eligible projects which best meet project selection criteria. The RIHPHC may ask for clarification or request changes in scope of work, budget and/or time schedule, if necessary.

The Commission will make final funding decisions at its March 2019 meeting. All applicants will be notified in writing of the results.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be postmarked or hand delivered by 12:00 p.m. to:
R.I. Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
The Old State House
150 Benefit Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903

Unsigned applications will not be accepted.

For more information, please email
Katherine Pomplun

Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission
Old State House 150 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

Telephone: 401-222-2678
Fax: 401-222-2968
TTY: 401-222-3700

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island: Bristol, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Glocester, Hopkinton, Newport, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, and Warwick