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Poplar Bluff will receive a federal grant for historic preservation project

Volume 39-040 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

The city of Poplar Bluff will receive a $16,125 grant through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The city, which is a Certified Local Government, will use the grant to conduct a land use and building condition survey of their downtown area including the Poplar Bluff Commercial Historic District that is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The data gathered will be used by the Poplar Bluff Planning Department to assist them in the preservation of the historic downtown area and to plan and promote future economic development.
The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Missouri, is administered through the Department of Natural Resources' State Historic Preservation Office.

Under changes made to the act in 1980, each state is required to earmark a minimum of 10 percent of its Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments. CLGs are communities that have established, under their local government, a historic preservation program that meets certain standards set by the state and the National Park Service. Local governments that maintain CLG status are considered to be partners with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service in the nation’s historic preservation program. Missouri currently has 52 local governments that have attained CLG status.

The grants are awarded based on a competitive scoring process and the direct relation of the projects to the identification, evaluation, or protection of historical, architectural or archaeological resources. Grant-funded projects must pertain to the accomplishment of the State Historic Preservation Officer’s responsibilities as outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, must be carried out in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s “Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation” and must meet requirements of the National Register Programs Guideline (NPS-49).

For more information about the CLG program, visit the department's State Historic Preservation Office website at dnr.mo.gov/shpo/certifie.htm.

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