Grants for Historic Preservation Projects

Overview of Grant Programs Available Through the State Historic Preservation Office:

Please note that there are neither federal nor state grants for restorations of privately owned propertiesPrivately owned historic properties may be eligible for federal and/or state rehabilitation investment tax credits.  

The Fox Theatre Institute, based in Atlanta, Georgia will be releasing limited Urgent/Emergency Funds for historic theatres and arts centers directly impacted by recent hurricane events in North Carolina. Projects must be listed, or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places, operated by a local or regional non-profit or a local government. The properties may be owned and operated as well by a local government. The total amount being awarded for both North Carolina and South Carolina is $350,000.00 and these grants do not require a match.

Learn more - and fill out an application - here.

FEDERAL GRANTS: The only grant program available currently available directly through our office is the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) pass-through grant. HPF funds are made available to the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) through the National Park Service. Eligible applicants are Certified Local Governments (CLGs). Not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions within a CLG may also be eligible to apply through their local historic preservation commission.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the grants coordinator by Friday, March 29, 2019.

Federal law requires that 10% of the state's apportionment from the federal Historic Preservation Fund be made available on a matching basis to local governments that are designated as CLGs by the National Park Service. In recent years, a total of about $100,000 has been available for CLG grants in North Carolina. 

The local matching requirement should be forty percent (40%) of project costs, and the HPF share is sixty percent (60%). Eligible projects include architectural and archaeological surveys, National Register nominations, survey publication manuscripts, local preservation design guidelines and preservation plans, educational activities, local preservation commission training, and pre-development planning and restoration of National Register properties.  For more information, contact Michele Patterson McCabe, grants coordinator. 

In most years, the application period is between November and the end of February, and grants are awarded in late spring. Applications are posted on our website and sent to all CLGs.

Additional federal funds are sometimes available through the National Park Service. Check back periodically for availability. 

STATE GRANTS: In past years, the North Carolina General Assembly has made funds for preservation projects available to local governments and nonprofit groups through one-time discretionary appropriations. Appropriations have not been made in recent years and may or may not resume in the future. Appropriations have assisted historic property and archaeological surveys, survey publications, and National Register nominations, but the primary focus of state grants has been restorations of historic buildings owned by local governments and local non-profit organizations. State appropriations have never been made for restorations of historic properties owned by private individuals. The State Historic Preservation Office has no role in the appropriation process, though staff is available on request to provide technical assistance to projects receiving appropriations.