News Release

National Park Service awards $7.27M in grants to support historic preservation projects in rural communities

Row of historic store fronts in Indiana
Indiana Landmarks will establish the Downtown Attica Revitalization Subgrant Program that will provide needed funding to qualified building owners to undertake repair and rehabilitation of their historic buildings.

Tommy Kleckner, Indiana Landmarks

News Release Date: May 25, 2022


WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) today announced $7.275 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to 11 recipients in 10 states to support economic development through the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

“The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants program fosters economic development in rural communities through the rehabilitation of historic buildings,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “With these funds, our state, Tribal, local government, and non-profit partners can develop subgrant programs and select individual projects that will support the economic development goals and needs in their communities.”

This year’s grants will support historic preservation work in the City of Attica, Indiana, where Indiana Landmarks will help rehabilitate commercial buildings in the 3,200-person town. In Idaho, the Idaho Heritage Trust will use its grant to support the rehabilitation of historic theaters in rural communities across the state. Rural downtowns in northern New York will benefit from subgrants offered through Adirondack Architectural Heritage, Inc.

These grants mark the fourth year of funding for the program honoring the late Paul Bruhn, executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont for nearly 40 years. State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, Certified Local Governments, and nonprofits were eligible to apply for funding to create a subgrant program to fund multiple preservation projects in their rural jurisdictions.

Congress appropriates funding for the program through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF, authorized through 2023, uses revenue from federal oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf, providing assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

Learn more about the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants program on To confirm rural eligibility, visit the US Census website. Congress appropriated $10 million for FY22 funding and applications for the next round of grants are planned to be available in the fall of 2022. 

Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant Recipients 






Alabama Black Belt Historic Revitalization Grant Program 

Opportunity Alabama, Inc. 



Historic Downtowns in Rural Colorado Subgrant Program 

Colorado Preservation, Inc 



Idaho's Historic Theater Revitalization Grant Program 

Idaho Heritage Trust, Inc. 



Attica Revitalization Subgrant Program 

Indiana Landmarks 



Preservation and Community Enhancement Program 

City of Madison 



Dawson Springs Downtown Historic District Revitalization Project 

City of Dawson Springs 



Minnesota Main Streets Looking Up Downtown Program 

Preservation Alliance of Minnesota 



Sedalia Commercial Historic District Subgrant Program 

City of Sedalia 



Nebraska Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program 

History Nebraska 


New York 

Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program 

Adirondack Architectural Heritage 



Bruhn Village Revitalization Subgrant Program 

Preservation Trust of Vermont 


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Last updated: May 25, 2022