News Release

National Park Service Announces $5 Million in Grants to Support Preservation in Rural Communities

Aerial view of a small rural town.
Waitsfield Village, VT, is one of the three communities that make up the Mad River Valley Planning District, which as been a partner with the NPS in the Certified Local Government program since 1988.

Image courtesy of the State of Vermont

News Release Date: August 27, 2019


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $5 million in Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) grants to nine projects to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

These grants mark the first year of funding for the HRSP. State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits were eligible to apply for funding to support a subgrant program to fund multiple preservation projects in their rural jurisdictions.

“Historic preservation projects have consistently proven to foster economic growth,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said. “Through the support of the National Park Service, rural communities are able to preserve their historic resources, shining a light on their unique local history, and bolster economic development.”

Projects receiving grants through this first year of funding include:

  • Revitalizing commercial structures in Louisiana's Main Street districts

  • Rehabilitating Oregon’s historic theaters

  • Providing rural community resources in communities of 7,500 or less in Vermont

Funding for this competitive program is provided by the 2018 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) which comes from revenue from Federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

For more information about the grants and the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program, please visit: To confirm rural eligibility: An additional $5 million will be available in FY2019 funding in the winter of 2020.





Sitka, Alaska

Historic Rehabilitation of National Register Properties in Sitka

City and Borough of Sitka


Chicago, Illinois

Main Street Facade Improvement Grant Program

National Main Street Center, Inc.


Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Rehabilitation of Commercial Structures in Louisiana's Main Street district

Louisiana Office of Cultural Development


Hallowell, Maine


Maine Development Foundation


Helena, Montana

Revitalizing Montana's Rural Heritage

Montana Historical Society


Salem, Oregon

Oregon Historic Theaters Subgrant Program

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department


Chepachet, Rhode Island

Chepachet Village Historic District Subgrant Program

Town of Glocester


Burlington, Vermont

Historic Restoration Subgrant Program of Vermont

The Preservation Trust of Vermont


Charleston, West Virginia

West Virginia Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History






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Last updated: August 27, 2019