The mission of the Division of Culture and History's State Historic Preservation Office is to encourage, inform, support, and participate in the efforts of the people of West Virginia to identify, recognize, preserve and protect West Virginia's prehistoric and historic structures, objects and sites.
The value of historic and prehistoric properties is intrinsic and therefore worthy of protection. Their preservation can stabilize neighborhoods, stimulate private investment, provide affordable housing, revitalize downtown activities, attract tourists and enhance community pride. Our office works toward achievement of these goals.
The Office administers both the state and federal historic preservation programs. Our office aids federal and state agencies, local governments and the general public in identifying and preserving the physical historic and prehistoric resources of West Virginia.
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Certified Local Government Grant Funding Available!
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is now accepting grant applications for the Survey & Planning Grant Program. Approximately $25,000 in additional funding is available for Certified Local Governments. This grant program is funded with money appropriated by the U.S. Congress through the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.
The grants are eligible only for landmark commissions that have the Certified Local Government status. 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 September 15, 2016.
Grant funds are awarded on a matching basis. All grant monies must be administered in accordance with federal and state requirements. The deadline for applications is August 3, 2015.
Application form can be found here: http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/grantapp/SPApplication.pdf
As of April 1, 2013, all State Historic Preservation grant applications will be reviewed and scored by an independent review panel. SHPO staff will conduct a preliminary review of applications for completeness and National Register eligibility of the resource before sending to review panel.
The three to four member panel will meet to review grant applications and make recommendations that will be presented to the Archives and History Commission for award.