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

The State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is now accepting applications for FY 2019 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 guidelines and preservation plans, educational programs, and restoration of National Register-listed properties. Funds for restoration are limited and 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 $95,000 to $100,000 may be available for projects in CLG municipalities and counties, in accordance with federal requirements. A list of CLGs is linked below. Unfortunately, funds for non-CLG projects are not available.

Grant awards, which may cover up to sixty per cent of total projects costs, generally range from $1,000 to $15,000 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.

Applications must be postmarked or emailed to the grants coordinator by Friday, March 29, 2019.  Nonprofits and educational institutions submitting an application through a CLG should submit their proposed application to the CLG before the end of January of 2019. See the Instructions for Completing the 2019 Application linked below for more details.

Awards will be announced by May of 2019. Projects should be underway by the fall of 2019. All projects must be completed by Friday, August 21, 2020.

The following links are in PDF format. Please read the cover memo for important information about this grant cycle.

Cover memo to CLGs about 2019 HPF grants from Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Application form for 2019
Instructions for completing the 2019 application
List of Certified Local Governments (CLGs) in North Carolina as of November 30, 2018
State Preservation Plan Goals and Objectives

For more information, contact Michele Patterson McCabe, grants coordinator,, 919-814-6582