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Preserving Oregon Grant

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits and Agencies to
Preserve Historical and Archaeological Sites

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) - State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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05/14/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations and public agencies to preserve significant historical and archeological sites. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Eligible projects involve rehabilitation, preservation, identification, and interpretation.

Preserving Oregon Grant Programs funds are to be used for:

  • Rehabilitation work on properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, or
  • Significant work contributing to identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites.

Preservation Requirements: 

The application must convey that all work will be completed using appropriate preservation practices, for example, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties, SHPO regulations for archaeological work, etc.

Criteria for Preservation Projects: 

  • How significant the work is to the structure's integrity.
  • The level of preservation of character‐defining features.
  • How well the work plan is developed and described and the corresponding cost estimates.
  • How well the project is shown to meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties.
  • Historic significance of the property.

Priorities for Preservation Projects: 

  • Higher priority will be given to publicly owned resources and private nonprofit resources, and properties that offer the greatest public benefit through visual access and interpretive/educational value.
  • Properties that are not publicly owned or nonprofit-owned must have exceptional significance and/or extraordinary public benefit to compete.
  • Properties associated with untold perspectives and histories of people frequently excluded from historic interpretation.
  • Geographic distribution.
  • Additional evaluation will be based on demonstrated project readiness and the matching dollar share in-hand commitment.

Criteria for Archaeology Projects: 

  • The significance of the contribution to the field of archaeology.
  • The demonstration of technically sound methodology.
  • Includes a principal investigator who is a professional archaeologist.
  • Disseminate project results effectively
  • Historic significance of the property.
  • Is cost-effective given the scope of work and the audience.
  • The capability of the applicant to carry out the proposed project.

Priorities for Archaeology Projects:

  • Projects that discover or study previously untold perspectives and histories of people frequently excluded from historic interpretation. 
  • Projects with a well‐prioritized, clearly explained work plan with an appropriate level of detail and realistic cost estimates.
  • Geographic diversity.
  • Project readiness, including matching dollar share in‐hand.
  • Shows that it is part of a larger project, or has far-reaching results and uses beyond the submission of the product to SHPO.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179929

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funds may be awarded for amounts up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The project completion deadline is April 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Historic Properties Grants Eligibility:
-Properties must be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as a "contributing" property in a Historic District, to qualify for funding.
-Commercial or depreciable properties that are taking advantage of the federal investment tax credit cannot include these grant dollars in the expenses for the tax credit.
-Interior work will be considered on a case‐by‐case basis depending on the significance of the interior and its public value.
-All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. Examples of eligible projects include: roof and gutter repair, foundation work, structural stabilization, replacement of deteriorated historic features, and weatherization.
-Remodeling, new additions, or solely cosmetic efforts are not eligible for funding.

Archaeology Grants Eligibility:
Field‐based research projects concerning the documentation of archaeological sites, structures, and artifacts are eligible, including:
-Conservation and stabilization of specific archaeological sites and monuments;
-Field or experimental testing of new or developing methods and materials for identification or conservation;
-Development, testing or implementation of heritage management plans;
-Programs promoting public awareness of and education about the value and fragility of cultural resources;
-Developing and/or implementing innovative techniques in dating, monitoring, analysis, remote sensing of and predicting locations for archeological sites and artifacts;
- Projects that discover or study previously untold perspectives and histories of people frequently excluded from historic interpretation;
-Conducting surveys and preparing contexts of archaeological sites;
- Documenting archaeological resources at risk; and
-Preparing National Register nominations of archaeological sites.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Preserving Oregon Grant Workshop - Buildings & NR Properties
February 10, 2:00-3:00pm
725 Summer St NE, Salem, Room 124A
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Preserving Oregon Grant Workshop - Archaeology Projects
February 14, 9:30-10:30 am
725 Summer St NE, Salem, Room 124A
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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Timeline:
- Letter of Intent Deadline – (11:59 pm) April 16, 2020
- Deadline – (11:59pm) May 14, 2020
- Notification – July 1, 2020
- Project completion and Reporting deadline – April 30, 2021

Grants must be submitted through the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department Grants Online program. There will be two grant cycles in the 2019-2021 biennium. A Letter of Intent to apply and a project review or site visit is required to apply for the Preserving Oregon Grant. Once you are eligible to apply you will receive an email from the OPRD Grants Online. At that time you will be able to create and submit your application.

Grants must be matched 1:1 by the grantee. Match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations, and volunteer time. Match can be in the form of cash, in-kind donations and volunteer time.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Preserving Oregon Grant Application and Historic Property Project Questions:
Kuri Gill, Grants and Outreach Coordinator
(503) 986-0685

Historic structure projects:
Joy Sears

Archaeological Project Questions:
Dennis Griffin , State Archaeologist
(503) 986-0674

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