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Historic Preservation survey and planning grants available


The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is accepting applications for survey and planning grants. Approximately $80,000 will be awarded from historic preservation funds 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 historic preservation activities, pre-development activities, and comprehensive planning documents and development projects. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2004.

Grants 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. 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. The deadline for applications is Oct. 31, 2002. Announcement of awards is planned for February 2003, contingent upon receipt of funding from the National Park Service.

Program descriptions and an application packet, including funding priorities and selection criteria, are available by contacting Pamela Brooks at (304) 558-0240, ext. 720, or by writing: SHPO, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Cultural Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia 25305-0300.

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. Visit the Division’s website at 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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