Historic Preservation Grants
The WV SHPO gives two types of grants on a yearly basis. Both
are matching grants. The Development Grant is
funded by the State of West Virginia and is available in the
spring. The Survey and Planning Grants are
available in the fall and funded by the National Park Service,
Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund.
Instructions for individual grants are online:
Applications are available by telephoning Pamela Brooks, Grants
Coordinator, at 304/558-0220 extension 720. Or you may request a
grant application by writing to Pamela Brooks, SHPO Grants
Coordinator, Division of Culture & History, The Cultural
Center, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV
- The grant receipient must attend a subgrant management workshop
- The grant receipient must submit reports as required.
- The sponsor must provide to the SHPO plans for implementation
of results of the project.
- The grant recipient must submit a Final Project Report and
copies for the Final Product. Number of copies vary according to
- Any consultant or staff must meet 36 CFR 61 qualifications.
This condition may be waived upon individual consideration by the
The SHPO staff reviews all applications for copleteness and
eligibility. Projects are listed accoriding to priorites and
selection criteria. This may result in partial funding of some
projects. The Archives and History Commission will review and
select projects. Awards are announced after the Commission Meeting.
(see schedule below)
- 1. Development Grant
- This annual grant is for restoration, rehabilitation, repair of
historic properties which are listed or eligible for listing on the
National Register of Historic Places.
The application time period opens the first week of January with
a postmark deadline of March 31. The Archives and History
Commission meets to approve projects in late spring. Announcements
are made by the governor in early July with a grant orientation
meeting scheduled for mid-July.
- 2. Survey & Planning
- These matching grants cover a wide variety of historic
preservation issues, but is only available to members of the
Certified Local Government (CLG) Program. Projects fall into
several categories: Archaeological Development, Archaeology,
Comprehensive Planning, Heritage Education, National Register,
Predevelopment and Survey. Eligibility criteria and funding
priorites vary for each category.
The application time period opens by the end of July with a
postmark deadline of October 31. Applications are reviewed
according to the above criteria and are notified in late February.
The grant orientation meeting is set for early March. A SHPO staff
member is assigned to monitor each project, offer assistance and
evaluate the final result.
- Archaeological Development grants assist organizations and
individuals in the preservation of or the recovery of information
from a particular paleontological or archaeological site. The grant
is awarded for no more than 50% of the total project costs with the
project sponsor providing at least 50% of the total costs of the
- Archaeology grants are given to conduct Phase I surveys which
identify and protect paleontological, prehistoric and historic
archeological resources, and Phase II investigations that determine
National Register eligibility. No more than 60% of the total
project costs are awarded with the project sponsor responsible for
the remaining 40% of total project costs.
- Grants for Comprehensive Planning are also a 60%-40% matching
grant. The purpose of this grant is to organize preservation
information pertaining to identification, evaluation, registration
and treatment of historic properties in a logical sequence, and to
set priorities for accomplishing preservation activities. It
includes historical or archaeological contexts and preservation
- Grants given to sponsors to increase awareness and knowledge of
preservation and of West Virginia's rich heritage are called
Heritage Education grants. It covers the development or
implementation of curricula supplements, intern projegrams and
courses to instruct in preservation related subjects or techniques.
A grant for Heritage Education may be used for the design and
creation of audio-visuals such as videos, slide-tape presentations
or movies which instruct on preservation related topics, issues or
techniques. The sponsor may use the grant to cover the expenses
incurred in presenting a conference, seminar or workshop whose
primary purpose is to discuss preservation related subjects, issues
and/or techniques. Or a Heritage Education grant may be used for
pulication purposes such as design, research and/or printing of
materials to inform on preservation related issues, topics or
- National Register grants are designed to assist organizations
and individuals in preparing nominations to the National Register
of Historic Places. It is also a 60%-40% matching grant where the
WV SHPO provids a maximum of 60% while the sponsor supplies
- Grants are also available for Predevelopment projects. These
projects assist in activities necessary prior to the development of
a property. It is also a 60%-40% matching grant.
- Survey grants are also for 60% with the sponsor providing 40%
of total project costs. A survey grant is given to identify and
evaluate properties in an area to determine whether they have
architectural, cultural, historical or engineering