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 ten percent (10%) of their Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by Certified Local Governments.

The State Historic Preservation Office funds projects that relate directly to the identification, evaluation, or protection of historic properties, for example, architectural or archaeological resources listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The selection process for these limited funds will be extremely competitive.

For more information or assistance with historic preservation fund grants, please contact our office via email or by calling 573-751-7958.

Missouri Heritage Properties Program Grants

The SHPO will not be offering a round of Missouri Heritage Properties Grants this year.

National Park Service Grants

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program created in fiscal year 2018 that supports the rehabilitation of historic properties and foster economic development of rural communities. This program funds physical preservation projects for historic sites, including architectural and engineering services through subgrants to communities determined rural by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Eligible properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing at the National, State, or local level of significance and located within rural (non-urban) communities with populations less than 50,000. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits will apply for funding that will in turn be subgranted to rural communities in their jurisdictions.

Grant Recipients versus Grant Projects:

Under this program, eligible grantees (nonprofits, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, State Historic Preservation Offices, or Certified Local Governments) will receive funds to be subgranted to organizations within their jurisdictions to undertake project work. Applications must come from eligible grantees; these applications will describe the proposed subgrant(s).

Eligible Applicants & Subgrant Recipients: The range of eligible applicants is defined by the National Historic Preservation Act (54 USC 300101) is limited to:
  • Nonprofit US organizations (with or without 501(c)(3) designation)
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
  • State Historic Preservation Offices
  • Certified Local Governments

These eligible applicants will make subgrants to projects involving:properties listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Placesproperties located in areas defined as rural by the Bureau of the Census (less than 50,000 people)properties within the applicant's jurisdiction.

What is Funded:

The program funds the rehabilitation of properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the National, State, or local level of significance. Projects will include physical preservation at historic sites (including architectural/engineering services). State, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits may apply to the NPS for funding to support a subgrant program, that will in turn subgrant to preservation projects in their jurisdictions for architectural/engineering services and physical preservation.

Funding Details:

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program is funded through the Historic Preservation Fund using revenue from Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue, not tax dollars. Approximately $5 million is available for grant funding. We anticipate awarding 7 to 10 grants, ranging between $100,000 to $750,000. Matching funds are not required; however, providing match will be considered in the application scoring process.

How to Apply:

Complete application information is available on grants.govunder funding opportunity number P19AS00015. Applications are completed and submitted also through grants.gov. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments and non-profits may apply for funding to support a subgrant program. This means that they will administer a program that awards funds to projects within their jurisdictions.