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Federal Preservation Grants

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E. Patrick McIntyre, Jr., Executive Director
2941 Lebanon Road
Nashville, TN 37243-0442
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The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. These federally funded grants will be available after Congress passes the federal budget. The exact amount of funds available grants is not known but it is expected to be in the range of $200,000.   Applications will be reviewed, rated, and ranked. Decisions on those to be funded will be made when the exact amount of funds are known. This may be as late as next August, depending on when Congress completes work on the Budget.

The selection process will emphasize projects such as architectural and archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, and rehabilitation of historic buildings that are listed in the National Register and have a public use.  Priorities for grants include areas experiencing rapid growth and development, other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources and communities that participate in the Certified Local Government program.

For surveys, the projects should identify and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to Tennessee’s history and built before 1965. Surveys may be for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state’s history, such as the development of railroads in the 19th century or the development of motor tourism in the 20th century. Preservation plans for towns, neighborhoods, and historic districts, and the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places are other areas of grant funding.  In addition to rehabilitation of buildings, predevelopment work necessary to undertake rehabilitation is an acceptable grant.  Rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The grants are matching grants and will pay for up to 60% of the costs of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grantee as matching funds. Applications for grants will be available on November 1, 2013.  Contact the Tennessee Historical Commission, 2941 Lebanon Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37214 or download an application from the box at the top of the page. For further information or for an application, contact the Tennessee Historical Commission at (615) 532-1550.  Completed applications must be submitted by January 31, 2014.

This program receives Federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.