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Grants to South Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies, and Property
Owners to Preserve Sites Related to Deadwood's History

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Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission

Deadline Date:

06/02/18 4:00 PM MST - Receipt for regular applications; Emergency Grant applications may be submitted at any time.


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Grants of up to $10,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to South Dakota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individual property owners for the interpretation and preservation of sites related to the City of Deadwood’s history. Please note that this funding component is designated for sites located outside the City of Deadwood. Funding may be used for planning, preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration activities.

It is in Deadwood’s interest to promote the preservation and interpretation of historic sites, buildings, and properties throughout the state when those buildings, sites, and properties are related to historic preservation in Deadwood. The expense of such preservation projects may discourage owners and managers from undertaking necessary projects or may result in a lower quality of craftsmanship. The purpose of this grant fund is to assist and encourage property owners and managers to restore and protect their properties and to interpret their relationship to Deadwood’s history.


The City of Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National and South Dakota State Registers of Historic Places. Maintaining these designations is critical to the economic success of the city and to the quality of life of its residents. The objective of the grant program is to stimulate quality restoration, protection, and interpretation of buildings, sites and properties that contribute to an understanding of the history of the City of Deadwood.

Fund Definition:

Grant funds will be available to any site located outside of Deadwood but within the state of South Dakota that is not eligible for the state property tax moratorium or to any site that is a National Historic Landmark.

Emergency Grants:

Emergency grants are made exclusively for interim stabilization of a historic property that meets the stated grant criteria and has been damaged due to some unforeseeable event.

Allowable Activities:

-Planning: A broad category that includes a wide range of non-conforming projects, such as surveys, registration, and designation; comprehensive and projection planning; preparation of preservation-related studies and reports; photo documented projects, etc.

-Preservation: The act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of a historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses on the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. New exterior additions are not within the scope of this treatment; however, the limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a preservation project.

-Rehabilitation: The act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural and architectural values.

-Restoration: The act or process of accurately depicting the form, features and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems and other code related work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project.

Selection Criteria:

All applicants must describe the relationship of their proposed project to historic preservation in Deadwood. If a tangible relationship does not exist, the applicant must describe the historical significance of the proposed preservation project. Projects will not be considered for grant funding unless there is a demonstrated, tangible connection to historic preservation in Deadwood or the promotion and development of historic preservation in some other facet.

Projects will be selected based primarily on the funding priorities, but evaluation will include consideration of the following criteria (listed in no specific order):

1. Funding Priorities
a. Work required to give the building a weather proof envelope and make it structurally sound;
b. Work that will abate any serious threat to the structure whether from internal or external sources (i.e., hazardous wiring);
c. Exterior restoration;
d. Restoration of character-defining interior features;
e. Work necessary to facilitate putting the building to an appropriate use, including meeting all codes and accessibility standards;

2. Historical or architectural significance of the property;

3. Administrative and financial management capabilities of the sponsor;

4. Community support and interest;

5. Quality of application;

6. Prepared predevelopment material including work plans and specifications;

7. Evidence of future support plan.

Projects from lower priorities may be selected if extraordinary circumstances exist.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180695

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds will typically not exceed $25,000.

Emergency grants typically do not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant will be for projects beginning approximately April 1 (following the January deadline) or September 1 (following the June deadline).

Projects may not start until after notification of the grant award and return of a signed grant agreement.

The grant period will be for a period of one year commencing from the date of an executed agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

1. Applicant must be a not-for-profit organization or a local government and not be eligible for State Tax Moratorium


The site must be a National Historic Landmark.

2. Individual or private property owners are not eligible to receive grants unless the property is a National Historic Landmark.

3. Applicant may not have an open Outside of Deadwood Grant with the Historic Preservation Commission

Grant Eligibility:

1. Applicant must own/retain property.


Applicant must be leasing or renting the property and have written permission from the owner to conduct the work;


Applicant must have a firm written commitment with the owner to purchase the property.

* Furthermore, the grant recipient(s) must agree to retain ownership of the property for a minimum of five years. Transfer of ownership or control will require repayment of the grant to the City of Deadwood

2. Applicant must demonstrate the ability to successfully implement the project.

3. The applicant must provide a plan for future public use of the site and assurances of the ability to maintain the property well into the future.

4. The project must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. The standards for restoration and rehabilitation, summarized in the Resource Section of this application, are neither technical nor prescriptive. Instead, they promote responsible preservation practices that help protect the nation’s irreplaceable cultural resources.

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

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

7. 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.

8. The property must be listed or eligible for listing, on the National Register of Historic Places or be a contributing building within a historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants are awarded for no more than 50% of the total project costs, with the project sponsor providing at least half of the total costs of the project. The applicant must demonstrate that funds are available to match the grant.

Eligible Match: Cash, donated materials and labor or materials and labor provided by a third party for necessary and reasonable project costs.

Ineligible Match: Any costs, whether cash or in-kind, that are not necessary and reasonable to the completion of the project and within the grant period. (The grant period shall refer to a period of one year commencing from the date of an executed grant agreement).

Matching funds must be demonstrated with reimbursement requests.

Grant Applications are reviewed twice a year. Applications must be returned to the Historic Preservation Office by 4:00 p.m. MST January 18 or June 2, annually, in order to be considered.

Awards will be announced within a month of review by the two Commissions – No later than March 1st or August 1st in the year for which the grant is requested.

Emergency grants applications are accepted any time of the year. These applications are reviewed and awarded as availability of funds allows.

Payment of the grant award will be made on a reimbursement basis upon receipt of paid invoices.

Contact Information:

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

Kevin Kuchenbecker, Historic Preservation Officer

City of Deadwood
Historic Preservation Office
108 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

P: (605) 578-2082
F: (605) 578-2084

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota: Statewide, excluding the City of Deadwood