Federal Grants


The State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is now accepting applications for FY 2021 federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) pass-through grants, which are available to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). Eligible projects include architectural and archaeological surveys, nominations of eligible districts and properties to the National Register of Historic Places, survey publication manuscripts, local preservation design standards and preservation plans, educational programs (including archaeological), and restoration of National Register-listed properties. Funds for restoration are not available to privately-owned buildings. Eligible applicants are local governments and local historic preservation commissions as well as nonprofit organizations and educational institutions within the jurisdiction of a CLG.

Please note that before preparing and submitting an application, applicants must contact HPO staff to discuss the scope of work and budget of their potential project along with the grant standards and requirements. HPO staff contacts are listed in the attached instructions.

An estimated total of $100,000 to $120,000 statewide may be available for projects in CLG municipalities and counties, in accordance with federal requirements. A list of CLGs can be found online. Unfortunately, funds for non-CLG projects are not available through this program.

Grant awards, which normally cover up to sixty per cent of total project costs, generally range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are available on a reimbursement basis. Local matching funds should try to cover at least forty per cent (40%) of the total project costs. Grant projects will be selected for funding on a competitive basis. Please contact the grants coordinator if you have a project in mind but may not have a forty percent match available.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the grants coordinator by Friday, April 16, 2021. Nonprofits and educational institutions submitting an application through a CLG should submit their proposed application to the CLG before the end of February of 2021. See the Instructions for Completing the 2021 Application for more details.

Based on federal appropriation timing, we expect to announce awards in June of  2021. Projects should be underway by the fall of 2021. All projects should be completed by Friday, September 2, 2022.


Please read the cover memo for important information about this grant cycle.

Cover memo to CLGs about 2021 HPF grants from Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Application form for 2021 (PDF)
Application form for 2021 (MS Word)
Instructions for completing the 2021 application
List of Certified Local Governments (CLGs) in North Carolina as of December 31, 2020
State Preservation Plan Goals and Objectives


For more information, contact Michele Patterson McCabe, grants coordinator, michele.patterson.mccabe@ncdcr.gov, 919-814-6582