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Historic preservation grant applications open

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Posted at 2:09 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 15:09:25-04

The application period for Historic Preservation and Certified Local Government Grants is now open.

Accoding to the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, funding for the grants is provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service.

Applications will be accepted until June 1, 2020, and can be found on the Division of Historic Preservation’s grants webpage.

Special priority will be given this year to digitization projects expanding partnerships and emphasizing education and public knowledge of historic preservation through virtual tools.

Examples of digitization projects aligning with State Historic Preservation Office goals outlined in the 2017-2025 comprehensive plan, First, You Make a Roux, include:

  • Creating webinars, story boards, and virtual tours
  • Documenting local musicians, restaurants, food halls, dance halls, bars, etc.
  • Enhancing museum online curation and virtual tours
  • Transcribing or collecting oral histories
  • Creating or enhancing digital databases, maps, and websites
  • Digitizing local historic district maps and creating websites
  • Digitization of documents and collections relating to the built environment for online publications
  • Building statewide digital databases of documentation materials

While priority will be given to digitizing historic resources, all proposals relating to ongoing state- and federally-mandated program and initiatives outlined in the comprehensive plan will be considered. The 2017-2025 plan will infuse the necessary elements and goals to promote historic preservation and archaeology to the public and private sector.

Grant awards generally are between $3,000 and $75,000. The grant period is from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021. Funding is contingent upon LASHPO’s annual appropriation from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund and State General Fund appropriations. Grant funds must be matched by non-federal monies on at least a 50/50 basis. Additionally, grant funds are distributed on a reimbursable basis once the necessary billing documentation is received.

Grant applications will be reviewed in June, with grant recipients notified of awards by June 26, 2020.

Here's the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants webpage.

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