Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund Subgrant Awards Announced by North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office

RALEIGH

The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce $9,172,500 in federal grant funding to 22 historic preservation projects in 18 counties to provide recovery assistance for historic properties (including archaeological sites) damaged by hurricanes Florence and/or Michael that are listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. 

Funding from the congressionally appropriated Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) administered by the National Park Service (NPS) allows the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) to provide grants tied to historic properties in these counties that FEMA declared eligible for federal disaster funding. The program is designed to address historic property needs unmet through other funding sources (FEMA, insurance, etc.). 

Local governments and non-profit organizations were eligible to apply for the grants to fund repairs or resiliency planning and surveys to help our state’s cultural resources be better prepared for future events. 

“This program provides much-needed funding to not only help repair irreplaceable historic properties after storm damage, but to help local governments and non-profit organizations better prepare for future disasters,” said Reid Wilson, secretary of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. “These funds will help to ensure our state’s treasured cultural resources are included in future resiliency planning efforts.”

A table outlining the subgrant recipients, award amounts, and project scopes of work is available on our website.

The federal grant establishing this program comes from the $47.8 million appropriated by Congress through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for assistance to communities impacted by hurricanes Florence, Michael and Typhoon Yutu. The HPF uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

For more information about the NPS hurricane disaster grant program and the Florence, Yutu, Michael awards to states, please visit https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/-47-8-million-in-assistance-to-communities-impacted-by-hurricanes-florence-michael-and-typhoon-yutu.htm.