Grant Application & Administration

Funding for grants to Certified Local Governments (CLG) comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund (CFDA 15.904), administered by the National Park Service, which provides financial support to State Historic Preservation Offices. Under provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, 10% of the annual appropriation to Ohio is set aside for CLG grants.

Ohio's CLG grants are awarded on a 60%/40% matching basis except for projects that qualify as Funding Priorities; for these projects, the grant can cover up to 100% of the project cost. For other projects, the grant amount covers up to 60% of the total project cost with the grant recipient providing the balance. The grant recipient match can be made through any combination of cash, in-kind and donated services and materials. With the exception of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, federal funds cannot be used to meet the matching share requirements of CLG grants.

 

Questions?

All questions concerning CLG Grant projects or processes should be directed to Adam Eltrich, Grants Manager, at 614.298.2000 or,

Certified Local Government Grant Process

Funds are Available for Historic Preservation Projects in Your Community!

Each year the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office awards competitive matching grants to assist Certified Local Government communities in completing preservation projects. Now is the time to start thinking about 2022 projects.

When is the Application Deadline?

Applications must be posted to Dropbox by 5:00 pm, February 18, 2022. Post the completed application, all supplemental materials and the signed signature page to Dropbox and share with [email protected]

Who Can Apply?

The 79 Ohio communities participating in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program are eligible to apply for CLG Grants. CLGs may partner with another party and name them as project administrator.

Funding Priorities for 2022

We are eliminating the matching funds requirement for projects that meet one of the Funding Priorities listed below.  If your project addresses one of these priorities the grant can cover 100% of your project costs. SHPO encourages applicants to contact Adam Eltrich at [email protected] with questions about qualifying for a Funding Priority.

The State Historic Preservation Office has identified the following Funding Priorities for 2022: 

  • Projects to fund 10-12 week paid internships for Historic Preservation graduate students to complete a survey to record buildings and sites related to underrepresented communities (definitions below).
  • Projects to survey, nominate, or rehabilitate resources of the recent past, as defined in Ohio Modern: Preserving Our Recent Past / Statewide Historic Context, such as mid-20th century properties or properties reflecting mid-century themes such as civil rights.
  • Projects that update National Register-listed historic district nominations with expanded periods of significance and/or boundary amendments.
  • In-state historic preservation-related training for CLG commission and related bodies, design guidelines, or community-based preservation plan or plan components.
  • Projects to survey, nominate or rehabilitate properties pertaining to the heritage of under-represented groups as defined in Finding Common Ground: A Historic Preservation Plan for Ohioans 2016-2020, Goal 5. This can include ethnic minorities, women, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender and other regional, socioeconomic and ethnic groups.

 

Grant Project Administration

It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to issue a news release and notify both state and federal legislators that the community has received a CLG grant. A sample release and notification letter can be requested from the SHPO Grants Manager. Copies are to be submitted to SHPO with the first progress report.

Federal Funding Acknowledgement
Both the following narrative and graphic acknowledgements are to appear on the acknowledgement page in a report or publication, included in hard copy or electronic grant-funded products distributed to the public, and included in any press release about the project. Pre-approval from the SHPO is needed if any shortened version of this acknowledgement text is to be used.

Narrative Acknowledgement
This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior administered by the State Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection. Department of the Interior regulations 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: Office of Equal Opportunity, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C. Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240.

Acknowledgement Graphic
In addition to the narrative funding acknowledgement, the funding acknowledgement graphic must appear in all hard copy or electronic grant-funded products. The graphic is offered in several formats below. High resolution is suitable for publication and low resolution for use on web pages.

Color Acknowledgement Image - high resolution

Project Sign
When a rehabilitation project is undertaken using CLG grant funds, a sign at the project site acknowledging federal assistance must be erected when the work begins and be maintained until work is complete. The sign must be viewable from a public right of way.

The sign shall be obtained and installed by the grant recipient. The cost of the sign is an allowable grant project expense. The sign should read:

Rehabilitation of {property name}, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, has been made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund administered by the Ohio Historcy Connection, Historic Preservation Office.

Two color photographs of the sign in place must be submitted to the SHPO with the first progress report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Apply?

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Any Ohio community participating in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program is eligible to apply for CLG Grants. CLGs may partner with another party and name them as project administrator.

The 79 Ohio communities participating in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program are eligible to apply for CLG Grants. CLGs may partner with another party and name them as project administrator.

What Can I do with a CLG grant?

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CLG grants can be used to fund a wide variety of projects with a Historic Preservation goal. These include projects that:

Strengthen Local Preservation

  • Train CLG program staff and/or commission members.
  • Update your local historic preservation plan.
  • Develop or update design guidelines.
  • Create or revise the website for your community’s historic preservation programs.
  • Collaborate with other CLGs on common preservation issues.

Protect and Preserve Cultural Resources

  • Conduct “how-to” workshops for homeowners/contractors in your historic district.
  • Identify and record historic properties in your community.
  • Complete a feasibility study for a National Register-listed or eligible building to determine reuse possibilities.
  • Develop drawings and specifications for rehabilitation of a National Register-listed property.
  • Restore or rehabilitate a National Register-listed property in your community.

Promote Economic Development

  • Develop a local context document to guide and evaluate development.
  • Nominate an eligible property to the National Register of Historic Places or to your local landmarks register for historic preservation tax credit eligibility.
  • Develop heritage tourism programs.

How Much Money is Available?

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We are forecasting that approximately $130,000 will be available. The amount will not be known until the 2022 federal budget is finalized. Applications must request a minimum grant award of $5,000. Generally, 7-10 grants are awarded with most awards in the $10,000 - $25,000 range.

CLG grant projects that qualify as Funding Priorities (list provided above) are not required to provide matching funds.

CLG grant projects that do not qualify under one of the 2022 Funding Priorities are awarded on a 60/40% matching basis; the grant covers up to 60% of the total cost with the grant recipient providing the balance.

What is the Application Deadline?

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CLG grants are awarded annually and SHPO will make an annual announcement to all eligible communities by email and other communications Specific deadlines and evaluation criteria are announced each year in November. Grant applications are due the next February and awards are made in March. The time period of the grant projects starts in April of the year in which they are awarded and ends on September 30 of the next year (18 months).

What are Eligible Activities for the CLG Grant?

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CLG grants can be used to fund a wide variety of projects with a Historic Preservation goal. These include projects that:

Strengthen Community Historic Preservation

  • Train CLG program staff and/or commission members.
  • Update your local historic preservation ordinance.
  • Develop or update design guidelines.
  • Create or revise the website for your community's historic preservation programs.
  • Collaborate with other CLGs on common preservation issues.

Protect and Preserve Cultural Resources

  • Conduct workshops for homeowners in your historic district and contractors.
  • Identify and record historic properties in your community.
  • Complete a feasibility study for a National Register-listed or eligible building to determine reuse possibilities.
  • Develop drawings and specifications for rehabilitation of a National Register-listed property.
  • Restore or rehabilitate a National Register-listed property in your community.

Promote Economic Development

  • Develop a local context document to prioritize Historic Preservation goals to guide and evaluate development.
  • Nominate an eligible property to the National Register of Historic Places or to your local landmarks register for historic preservation tax credit eligibility.
  • Develop heritage tourism programs.

What is the Grant Selection Process?

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Complete grant applications are reviewed and evaluated by the Grant Selection Committee according to the criteria outlined in the annual grant announcement. Recommendations from the Grant Selection Committee are forwarded to the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Advisory Board (OHSPAB) for approval.

The Grant Selection Committee consists of three members of the OHSPAB, two members from the preservation community, a program-specific Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer, and the State Historic Preservation Office Community Planning and Preservation Manager. The committee is staffed by the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office Grants Manager.

What are the Evaluation Criteria?

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The following criteria are used to evaluate grant applications:

  • Project Need [0-20 points]
  • Project Benefit [0-20 points]
  • Project Methodology [0-40 points]
  • Project Support [0-20 points]
  • Bonus Points: [0-10 points]