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to Preserve Historical Sites

Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant

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Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

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Grants to Minnesota qualified governmental agencies for projects that preserve historical sites. Funding is intended to support the identification of sites, surveys, planning activities, evaluation, and educational programs for the public. Projects involving historic preservation that is related to minority communities will receive special priority.

Certified Local Governments may use these federal matching grants for local preservation projects. Funding comes from the Historic Preservation Fund, appropriated annually by the U.S. Congress.

There are seven areas of eligible program activity: (A) Comprehensive Planning; (B) Pre-Development; (C) Survey; (D) Evaluation; (E) Local Designation Forms; (F) National Register Nomination Forms; and (G) Public Education.

Projects may include:

  • Historic resource surveys.
  • Preparation of local/national designation forms.
  • Historic preservation plans.
  • Building reuse studies.
  • Cultural landscape inventories.
  • Design guidelines for property owners.
  • Public education.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Reflect goals and strategies of the statewide preservation plan.
  • Promote sound preservation planning through historic context development and completion of historic and archaeological surveys.
  • Result in local designations.
  • Involve properties associated with the history of underdocumented groups or communities.

For further details on eligible activities, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 187965

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All work on projects funded in this grant cycle must be completed between July 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023. Project periods of appropriate length are permissible as long as the beginning and ending dates fall within this period. Most projects will begin on either July 1, 2022 or October 1, 2022 depending on the nature of the work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must be designated as a CLG and cannot have any outstanding, overdue final reports or products on any previous CLG grant and/or owe grant funds back to the grants program that have not been received by SHPO.

To become a CLG, a local government must have enacted a preservation ordinance establishing a Heritage Preservation Commission program for local designation of historic properties and review of proposed changes to those properties.

CLG grants do not fund Capital improvement ("bricks and mortar") projects.

Pre-Application Information:

FY 2022 Grant Deadlines:
- Draft application deadline: January 28, 2022
- Final application deadline: March 4, 2022 (midnight)
- SHPO announcement of approved grants: April 22, 2022

While not required, SHPO strongly recommends that an applicant submit a draft application by the January 28, 2022 deadline. A draft application will allow staff to provide suggestions and comments in sufficient time to incorporate revisions into the final application.

Consultation with SHPO staff is strongly encouraged before submitting an application.

All project budgets must reflect an applicant match. Grant requests will require a minimum of a 30:70, local match: federal grant. Applicants are encouraged to provide a match that exceeds the minimum requirement. Matching funds may be cash, in-kind and/or donated services or materials contributed to the project), or a combination of the three.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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State Historic Preservation Office
203 Administration Building
50 Sherburne Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55155

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