The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has extended the deadline for receipt of applications for survey and planning grants to Dec. 31, 2001. Approximately $80,000 is earmarked for this grant program, which is funded with money appropriated by the U.S. Congress through the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.
State or local government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, for profit firms or organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply. Eligible projects include architectural and archaeological surveys, preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, heritage education programs relating to preservation activities, pre-development activities, and comprehensive planning documents and development projects. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2003.
Grant funds are awarded on a matching basis. A competitive process is used to determine the recipients with the final decision being made by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission. The Commission selects projects that best meet the established priorities and criteria. Development projects will be considered only when all of the justifiable funding needs of eligible projects in other categories have been addressed. All grant monies must be administered in accordance with federal and state requirements.
Program descriptions and application packets, including funding priorities and selection criteria, are available by contacting Pamela Brooks at (304) 558-0220, or by writing: SHPO, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300. The announcement of grantees is planned for February 2002, contingent upon receipt of an allocation from the National Park Service.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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