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Deadwood Fund Grant

Grants to South Dakota Individuals, Organizations,
and Agencies for Historic Restoration Projects

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South Dakota State Historical Society - State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Postmarked


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to South Dakota organizations, public agencies, and individuals to retain, rehabilitate, and restore historic structures, archeological sites, and buildings throughout the state. Sites may be used for commercial, public, or residential purposes. Projects should demonstrate substantial public historic preservation benefits.

The Deadwood Fund program is funded by a portion of the gambling revenue generated in Deadwood, SD. By sharing the Deadwood historic preservation monies, the Deadwood Fund program enables applicants from throughout the state to extend their financial resources to preserve important pieces of South Dakota history.

Project Eligibility:

1. The property must be listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. If not listed, the property owner agrees to submit an application within one year.

2. The project must meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

3. The applicant must demonstrate that funds are available to match the grant, and the property will have on-going use at the completion of the project for residential, commercial, or public purposes.

4. The applicant must provide assurances of the ability to maintain the property well into the future.

5. The applicant must sign an eight-year restrictive covenant running with the property, which states that the property shall be maintained in a manner that preserves the property’s historic integrity. All work performed on the property within the covenant period must meet The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, see page g of the application packet.

6. A sign provided by the South Dakota State Historical Society must be posted at the project site. The sign will state that the project has been funded in part by the State Historical Society through the Deadwood Fund and must remain posted for the duration of the project. All publicity material should include similar recognition.

Evaluation Criteria:

The Deadwood Fund grant program provides an opportunity to leverage financial resources for the acquisition, retention, restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, structures, and sites. Awards in this program are made only when there is evident need for additional funds to complete a critical project and to effect significant improvement or prevent losses of historic properties. The applicant must demonstrate a financial investment in the project, the ability to meet the financial obligation, and a commitment to its completion.

Projects will be ranked for priority based on the following criteria:

1. The property is significant to South Dakota history and the project substantially benefits historic preservation and serves as a major public demonstration of historic preservation.

2. The historic building, structure or site is of public prominence or importance and endangered or threatened.

3. The entire project meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, see page g of the application packet.

4. The property is associated with minority or ethnic groups, particularly American Indians.

5. The property is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

6. The project has a preservation plan in place and documented community support.

7. The property receives appropriate on-going maintenance, or its present state of disrepair is not the result of neglect by the current owner.

8. The applicant documents more than the required dollar-for-dollar match; nonprofit organizations providing match.

9. The application is clear, concise, complete, and includes a detailed budget.

10. A historic preservation professional assisted in developing or reviewed the project, the general contractor and subcontractors are professionally qualified and preservation sensitive, and if the work is being completed by someone other than a licensed contractor, the individual or company is capable of performing the prescribed work.

11. The project has not previously received funding through this program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177402

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will generally be awarded in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Larger grant awards may be considered in extreme circumstances.

Term of Contract:

Grants will be for projects beginning approximately May 1 (following the February deadline) or January 1 (following the October deadline). Projects may not start until after notification of the grant award is received.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individuals, organizations, and public agencies sponsoring projects to retain, restore or rehabilitate historic buildings, structures or sites by returning them to a state of utility, through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient contemporary use while preserving those portions and features of the properties which are significant to their historic, architectural, and cultural values and meeting the grant criteria are eligible to apply for a Deadwood Fund grant.

The applicant is encouraged to be a member of the South Dakota State Historical Society. See membership information on pages k-l of the application packet.

The fund will not pay for administrative or operating costs. The following categorical exclusions will not generally be funded with Deadwood Funds: security systems, general decorative arts and furnishings, general building or site maintenance, new construction or non-historic site improvements, and work performed only to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act and building codes.

Pre-Application Information:

Generally, the grant amount requires a dollar-for-dollar match from nonfederal and non-state sources. The availability of matching funds must be provided with the application. Nonprofit organizations according to state law may receive grants without match; however, match is highly encouraged.

Where determined that an application merits support only in part or at a reduced level, the offer will be less than the amount requested.

To be considered, applications must be postmarked no later than February 1 or October 1 annually.

The Board makes a final determination on applications in April and December. The State Historic Preservation Officer will notify each applicant about the disposition of the awards within 90 days of the final review by the Board of Trustees.

Payment of the grant award will be made on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of a paid invoice at the completion of the work. The matching funds must be demonstrated at the time of payments.

In order to provide the best possible service to the public, the three historic preservation specialists will each be responsible for the historic preservation matters in a specific geographic area of the state. Questions concerning the national or state registers, certified local governments, historical markers, and grant assistance should be directed to the specialist assigned to the appropriate area. If the specialist for your area is unavailable, feel free to visit with one of the other historic preservation staff members. See Contact Information below for a list of specialists by region.

Secretary's Standards for Rehabilitation:

Contact Information:

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

Mail your completed application to:

South Dakota State Historical Society
State Historic Preservation Office
Attn. Deadwood Fund
900 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2217

Specialists by region:

Northern (Counties - Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Clark, Codington, Corson, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Harding, Hyde, Kingsbury, Marshall, McPherson, Meade, Perkins, Roberts, Spink, Ziebach):

Sofia Mattesini

West-Central (Counties - Haakon, Hughes, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Stanley):

Kate Nelson

Southern (Counties - Aurora, Bennett, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Custer, Davison, Douglas, Fall River, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, McCook, Minnehaha, Miner, Moody, Oglala Lakota, Sanborn, Todd, Tripp, Turner, Union, Yankton):

Liz Almlie

Other staff:

Ted Spencer, Director of Historic Preservation

Paige Olson, Review & Compliance Coordinator

Cindy Snow, Historic Preservation Assistant

Jenna Carlson Dietmeier, Review & Compliance Archaeologist

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota