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Grants to Tennessee Organizations
for Historic Preservation Projects

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Tennessee Historical Commission (THC)

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Grants to Tennessee organizations to preserve historic properties. Eligible projects will focus on restoration of historic buildings that have a public use, architectural and archaeological surveys, and design guidelines for historic districts.

Restoration of historic buildings must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties:

Priorities for grants will be based on the preservation plan A Future for the Past: A Comprehensive Plan for Historic Preservation in Tennessee (see the Pre-Application field below). It includes areas experiencing rapid growth and development, other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources and communities that participate in the Certified Local Government program.

For proposed survey projects, the projects should identify and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to Tennessee’s history and built over 50 years ago. Surveys may be for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state’s history, such as the development of railroads in the 19th century or post World War II residential development.

Preservation plans for towns, neighborhoods and historic districts and the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places are other areas for possible grant funding.

In addition to the restoration of buildings, predevelopment work necessary to undertake rehabilitation is an acceptable grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 176968

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants need to affiliate with an organization in Tennessee in order to apply.

For example, if you will be submitting an application for a city or county, you will need to be affiliated with that city or county organization.

You may also affiliate with multiple organizations. This applies for grant consultants and development districts who may apply for multiple organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications for Historic Preservation Fund grants must be completed by January 31, 2019.

Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds are known, which may be as late as next August.

The grants are matching grants and will reimburse up to 60% of the costs of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grantee as matching funds.

Note: Please be sure to submit a request to affiliate with a registered organization before you apply for any grant.

How to affiliate with an organization:

A Future for the Past: A Comprehensive Plan for Historic Preservation in Tennessee:

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Contact Information:

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

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Tennessee Historical Commission
2941 Lebanon Pike
Nashville, Tennessee 37214

Claudette Stager
(615) 770-1089

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