Historic Preservation Fund grants available

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will distribute federal grant funds to nonprofit organizations and local and state agencies throughout the state to support historic building rehabilitation or restoration, public education, surveys, planning and National Register nominations. The funds, supplied by the National Park Service (NPS), come from off-shore oil and gas lease fees.

The submission deadline for the 2015 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grant applications is close of business on Friday, December 5, 2014. Application forms are available at www.dcnr.nv.gov. HPF grants are a 60/40 match, with 60% provided by the HPF and 40% provided by the grantee through either cash or in-kind sources (donations, volunteer labor, etc.)

Applications will be reviewed in early January 2015, and funds will be distributed by SHPO upon receiving its annual apportionment from Congress. Applicants are encouraged to request funding for grants addressing SHPO’s established priorities for grant year 2015:

  • Proposals to create Heritage Tourism materials that emphasize the authentic heritage of Nevada’s
  • diverse populations and cultural resources and result in marking and interpreting those resources.
  • Proposals for projects that will record and complete National Register of Historic Places evaluations of threatened historic and prehistoric archaeological resources.
  • Proposals for projects that will inventory historic buildings, districts, sites, and objects important in the history of underserved populations of Nevada.
  • Proposals for educational programs (workshops, brochures, web-based documents, conferences, etc.) that will inform the public, developers, private property owners, and local governments of the economic value of preservation and the various State and Federal tax incentive programs that can be used to support economic revitalization while ensuring preservation and responsible rehabilitation.

The 2014 HPF grant recipients included Carson City, Reno, Las Vegas, Henderson and Caliente, as well as Storey County. State agencies included the Nevada State Museum and Nevada State Parks. Nonprofit organizations receiving 2014 HPF monies included the Nevada Rock Art Foundation, Douglas County Historical Society, Comstock Cemetery Foundation, Nevada Humanities, Partners in Conservation, Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey Counties and Nevadans for Cultural Preservation. Projects range from the restoration and stabilization of significant Nevada resources, to GPS smart phone apps, public education about Nevada’s cultural resources and historic architectural surveys. More information about the current projects is available at the State Historic Preservation Office.

If applicants have any questions about possible grant projects, completing applications, match, etc., contact SHPO’s HPF grant coordinator Elyse Jolly at 775-684-3450.