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Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants known as the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to assist various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service (NPS), and in Missouri, is administered through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Under changes made to the Act in 1980, each state is required to earmark a minimum of 10 percent of their Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments (CLGs).

All municipalities and 501(c)(3) historic preservation missioned organizations are eligible to apply for the Historic Preservation Fund grants. However, only applications from Certified Local Governments will be considered for the mandated 10 percent pass through funds. Once the 10 percent pass through funds have been awarded, the SHPO will consider all remaining grant applications equally.

The SHPO funds projects that relate directly to the identification, evaluation, or protection of historic, architectural, or archaeological resources. The selection process for these limited funds will be extremely competitive.

Pre-applications are currently being accepted. All pre-applications must be postmarked (or hand delivered) by 5 p.m. (CST) on July 31, 2016 in hard copy. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Final applications will be scored based on the proposed project's contribution to Missouri's statewide preservation goals as noted in Missouri's Statewide Preservation Plan  and the technical quality of the application.

For more information or assistance with historic preservation fund grants, please contact our preservation planner and grants manager vial email or by calling 573-751-7958.

Missouri Heritage Properties Grants

The Missouri Heritage Properties Program provides grants for the preservation of important National Register listed properties that cannot benefit from other development tools. The program is administered by the SHPO of the Department of Natural Resources and funded with money from the Missouri Historic Preservation Revolving Fund. Priority is given to projects facilitating the preservation of county courthouses primarily in use for their historic purposes. Only county governmental entities are eligible to apply for these funds.

Applications are currently being accepted and must be postmarked (or hand delivered) by 5 p.m. (CST) on September 15, 2016 in hard copy. Electronic submissions will not be accepted. Final applications will be scored based on the proposed project's contribution to Missouri's statewide preservation goals as noted in Missouri's Statewide Preservation Plan and the technical quality of the application.

Please see the map below to determine if your courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. For more information about the Missouri Heritage Properties Program, the grant application process, or the National Register eligibility of your courthouse, please contact the SHPO.