Grant Funding Available!

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 (CLGs). In FY2019, the SHPO anticipates awarding between $85,000-$100,000 in grants.

All municipalities and nonprofit organizations with a historic preservation mission are eligible to apply for the Historic Preservation Fund Grants. However, only applications from Certified Local Governments will be considered for the mandated ten percent pass through funds. Once the ten percent pass through funding has been awarded, the SHPO will consider all remaining grant applications equally.

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. We will not be funding development projects at this time.

Pre-applications are currently being accepted. All pre-applications must be postmarked (or hand delivered) by 5 p.m. (CST) on August 31, 2018, 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 the Missouri Statewide Preservation Plan and the technical quality of the application.

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 State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division is now accepting applications for $13 million in funding for the 2018 African American Civil Rights (AACR) grant program. These competitive grants support the survey, documentation, interpretation, and preservation of sites that are associated with the African American struggle to gain equal rights in the 20th century.

Eligible applicants are Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian Organizations, States and Territories, Local Governments, and nonprofit organizations. Matching funds are not required, but may be considered as part of the evaluation process.

Types of eligible projects include survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and physical preservation projects.

To apply, head to, on the left hand side of the page, in the box for Opportunity Number enter P18AS00485 for Preservation projects, P18AS00484 for History projects. The deadline is October 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET. Please read the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) under each opportunity number for more details.

Questions? Contact the National Park Service at 202-354-2020 or