Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

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The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) is a new Historic Preservation Fund grant program created in fiscal year 2018 that supports the rehabilitation of historic properties and foster economic development of rural communities. This program funds physical preservation projects for historic sites, including architectural and engineering services through subgrants to communities determined rural by the US Bureau of the Census.

Eligible properties must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing at the National, State, or local level of significance and located within rural (non-urban) communities with populations less than 50,000. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits will apply for funding that will in turn be subgranted to rural communities in their jurisdictions.

Grant Recipients versus Grant Projects

Under this program, eligible grantees (nonprofits, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, State Historic Preservation Offices, or Certified Local Governments) will receive funds to be subgranted to organizations within their jurisdictions to undertake project work. Applications must come from eligible grantees; these applications will describe the proposed subgrant(s).

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"Historic preservation projects have consistently proven to spur economic growth. The goal of this new competitive subgrant program is to support the rehabilitation of historic properties in our nation's rural communities, shine a light on their unique local history, and foster economic development." — P. Daniel Smith, NPS Deputy Director

Eligible Applicants & Subgrant Recipients

The range of eligible applicants is defined by the National Historic Preservation Act (54 USC 300101) is limited to:
  • Nonprofit US organizations (with or without 501(c)(3) designation)
  • Tribal Historic Preservation Offices
  • State Historic Preservation Offices
  • Certified Local Governments
These eligible applicants will make subgrants to projects involving:
  • properties listed in or determined eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
  • properties located in areas defined as rural by the Bureau of the Census (less than 50,000 people)
  • properties within the applicant's jurisdiction

What is Funded

The program funds the rehabilitation of properties listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places at the National, State, or local level of significance. Projects will include physical preservation at historic sites (including architectural/engineering services). State, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits may apply to the NPS for funding to support a subgrant program, that will in turn subgrant to preservation projects in their jurisdictions for architectural/engineering services and physical preservation.

Funding Details

The Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program is funded through the Historic Preservation Fund using revenue from Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue, not tax dollars.

Approximately $5 million is available for grant funding. We anticipate awarding 7 to 10 grants, ranging between $100,000 to $750,000. Matching funds are not required; however, providing match will be considered in the application scoring process.

How to Apply

Complete application information is available on grants.gov under funding opportunity number P19AS00015. Applications are completed and submitted also through grants.gov. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits may apply for funding to support a subgrant program. This means that they will administer a program that awards funds to projects within their jurisdictions.

Last updated: December 21, 2018