Thursday, May 30, 2024

Louisiana Opens Application Period for Historic Preservation Grants

by BIZ Magazine

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, alongside the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation, has announced the commencement of the application period for Historic Preservation and Certified Local Government Grants for the fiscal year 2024-2025. These grants, made available through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service, aim to preserve Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage.

Highlighting the significance of Louisiana’s cultural diversity, Lieutenant Governor Nungesser emphasized, “The uniqueness of Louisiana’s culture is best reflected in the rich array of buildings, structures, archaeological sites, historic landscapes, and traditional cultural properties found across our state. That culture is a strong economic engine for Louisiana, providing a driving force in attracting visitors to our state. We must work to preserve this uniqueness for future generations.”

The application process kicks off on Monday, April 22, with the Division of Historic Preservation accepting Letters of Interest, providing an opportunity for applicants to submit project ideas and receive feedback from preservation staff. Although encouraged, Letters of Interest are not mandatory. Applicants are required to submit a grant application, with the application period running from May 1 to May 29, 2024, until 5 p.m.

Special priority will be given to projects that Expand and Promote State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) Services and Programs. Examples include updating nominations for existing National Register Districts and listings, increasing cultural diversity in National Register listings, and engaging with local governments and stakeholders to enhance communities through preservation initiatives.

Grant awards typically range from $3,000 to $80,000, with the grant period extending from October 1, 2024, to September 15, 2025. Funding is contingent upon LASHPO’s annual appropriation from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund and State General Fund appropriations. Grant funds must be matched by non-federal monies on at least a 60/40 basis.

Applications will undergo review in July, with successful applicants notified of awards by July 31, 2024.

For more information and to access the application materials, visit the Division of Historic Preservation’s Grants webpage.

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