Historic Preservation Fund Grants-In-Aid


To provide matching grants to States for the identification, evaluation, and protection of historic properties by such means as survey, planning technical assistance, acquisition, development, and certain Federal tax incentives available for historic properties; to provide matching grants to States to expand the National Register of Historic Places, (the Nation's listing of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, archeology, engineering and culture at the National, State and local levels) to assist Federal, State, and Local Government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private individuals in carrying out historic preservation activities; and to provide grants to Indian Tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations to preserve their culture.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Grants to States and their sub-divisions,
Tribes, museums and historic societies. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
National preservation Act of 1996 as amended, 16 U.S.C. 470 et seq., 16 U.S.C 470.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are States and Territories as defined in the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, operating programs administered by a State Historic Preservation Officer appointed by the Governor or according to State law, and which are otherwise in compliance with the requirements of the Act. Eligible applicants for the Tribal Grant Program are Federally recognized Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries include State and local governments, public and private nonprofit organizations, and individuals. According to their own priorities and plans, States select their own projects and may subgrant to public and private parties, including local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and/or individuals to accomplish program objectives. At least ten percent of each year's appropriation must be subgranted to local governments certified as eligible to carry out preservation functions according to 36 CFR 61. Grants are awarded at a ratio of 60 percent Federal, 40 percent State (public and/or private funds and/or allowable in-kind donations). American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands and Virgin Islands are exempt from matching share per Public Law 96-205.
Each State must have a qualified Review Board, employ professionally qualified staff, and maintain an approved statewide historic preservation plan in accordance with 36 CFR 61. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application is made by the States for an annual grant in the form of planned activities and projects. 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements For Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," applies to awards to States. Applicants for financial aid for subgrants and contracts must contact the State Historic Preservation Office for application information. Applicants for HPF Tribal Grant projects should visit the National Park Service website, at http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/
Award Procedure
The Annual appropriation is allocated by the Secretary of the Interior among States and Territories.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 1 month for Federal grants; subgrant time depends on State procedures.
Grants to States are for 2 years, subject to "Use or Lose" procedures established by the Federal agency.
How are proposals selected?
Each State selects subgrant proposals for funding in accordance with its own priorities.
How may assistance be used?
Matching grants can directly finance State staff salaries, equipment, and materials, and travel necessary to accomplish program purposes. States may transfer funds to third parties to carry out historic preservation activities such as surveys, preservation plans, National Register nominations, architectural plans and specifications, historic structures reports, and engineering studies necessary to restore properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and for acquisition or repair of these properties. Development projects must comprise one or more of the 4 allowable treatments defined in the "Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties" (36 CFR 78). These treatments are preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. Major reconstruction is not eligible. Other activities must meet the applicable Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Archeology and Historic Preservation. In 2012, the amount appropriated from the Historic Preservation Fund for financial assistance to the States, Territories, and the Freely Associated States of Micronesia, was $46.9 million, with an additional $8.9 million for grants to Indian tribes. In accordance with Section 102(a)(5) of the National Historic Preservation Act, as amended, grantees must agree to assume, after completion of the restoration project, the total cost of the continued maintenance, repair, and administration of the property in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Summary completion reports must be maintained for subgrant expenditures. Expenditure reports as specified in 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments" or in OMB Circular No. A-110 are required. An annual performance report is required comparing planned accomplishments with actual results.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Full fiscal and project records to be maintained by grantees in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87, and 43 CFR Part 12 for States and Tribes; OMB Circular Nos. A-122 and A-110 as required.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Fiscal year in which funds are appropriated and one succeeding fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Fiscal year in which funds are appropriated and one succeeding fiscal year.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. State programs applicants should refer to Catalog Appendix IV for list of State Historic Preservation Offices. Contact the appropriate State agency for subgrant eligibility information. This list is also available on the National Park Service's website, at http://www.nps.gov/historyhpg/. Corrections and additions should be directed to Tawana Jackson, Historic Preservation Grants Division, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW., Mail Stop 2256, Washington, DC 20240, or E-mail: Tawana_Jackson@nps.gov. Program inquiries should be directed to Hampton Tucker at Hampton_Tucker@nps.gov.
Headquarters Office
Cultural Resource National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C St. N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 354-2020
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $42,936,432; FY 15 est $56,410,000; and FY 16 est $56,410,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range$50,000.00 - $1,4000,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information about this program may be found on the National Park Service’s website, http://www.nps.gov/history/hpg/. See the "Catalog of Historic Preservation Publications." Important examples include: "The National Register of Historic Places," 1966-1994 issue, a softbound volume describing National Register properties published in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation Press and the National Conference for State Historic Preservation Officers, (John Wiley and Sons, Preservation Press, 1 Wiley Drive, Somerset, New Jersey 08875, Telephone 1-800-225-5945, Reference ISBN 0471-144-037), the Historic Buildings Preservation Briefs series; the Preservation Planning series; the Preservation Tech Note Series; and, the National Register Bulletin series. Program regulations are specified in Volume 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Program standards are found in "The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation."
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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