The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.
Utah State History has awarded more than $147,000 in matching grants to 20 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) for the 2012-2013 grant year. Click here to read more.
Only Certified Local Governments—cities and counties that have been “certified” as eligible by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service—can receive these grants. Utah currently has 92 CLGs.
A CLG may have only one active grant at a time.
Applications are due by the second Friday in February each year. Grant recipients will receive notification by the end of March. The 16-month grant cycle runs from April 1 to August 31 of the following year. Recipients should complete their projects by August 31.
Examples of eligible projects include:
Most grants are in the $3,000 to $6,000 range; the local government's ability to match the grant is usually the limiting factor. If the proposed activities are eligible, it is almost certain they will receive funding.
CLGs may have only one grant at a time, so they can apply for a grant no more often than every other year.
Local governments must match the grant amount on a 50/50 basis with local funds, donations, and services. They must also maintain adequate financial and administrative records. This is usually done by volunteer members of the local historic preservation commission, though some local governments assign a paid employee to assist with the grant management.
Preservation Agreements are required by the National Park Service for all projects using federal funds, including CLG grants. A Preservation Agreement obligates the owner of an historic property which is improved with a CLG grant to maintain the property for a period of five years so as to preserve the historical significance and integrity of the features, materials, appearance, workmanship, and environment which made the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Preservation Agreement must be signed by the owner of the historic property.