The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division provides preservation assistance through a number of programs that support the preservation of America's historic places and diverse history. We administer grant programs to State, Territorial, Tribal, and local governments, educational institutions, and non-profits in addition to providing preservation planning, technical assistance, and policy guidance. Our work supports historic properties and place-based identity, key components to the social and economic vitality of our communities.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended through 2006, the foundation for our programs, declares that:
  • the spirit and direction of the Nation are founded upon and reflected in its historic heritage;
  • the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic, and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans.
Established in 1977, the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) is the funding source of the preservation awards to the States, Tribes, local governments, and non-profits. Authorized at $150 million per year, the funding is provided by Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenues, not tax dollars. The HPF uses revenues of a non-renewable resource to benefit the preservation of other irreplaceable resources.

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Grant Programs Accepting Applications

Grant Programs Accepting Applications

Click here for a list of Grant Programs currently accepting applications. Apply for currently open Grant Programs on

A woman sits at a side shot loom weaving. Photo credit: Lani Hotch/Chilkat Indian Village

Tribal Heritage & Civil Rights Grants

Grant awards for the latest round of Tribal Heritage Grants and African American Civil Rights Grants announced.

St. John Moravian church pictured without roof overlooking bay.

Grants Announced for Hurricane Damage

Historic preservation supported in Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, and the US Virgin Islands.

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Federal Historic Preservation Laws Text

Digital copies of the 5th edition of the Federal Historic Preservation Law Text are available. Paperback copies will be available soon.

Aerial view of Waitsfield, Vermont

Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program

Grants supporting rehabilitation of historic properties to foster economic development of rural communities announced.

The Tremaine-Gallagher house in Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Historic Preservation Fund Photo Contest

Have you received an HPF grant in the past? We're hosting a contest for all grantees to submit high-quality photos.

Boys stand with a man in a river working on the Nez Perce Tribe Rapid River Fishery nomination.

Underrepresented Community Grants

Grants for 13 projects to identify and nominate sites to the National Register announced.

Muddy, flooded streets next to frame houses following flooding.

Disaster Checklist

Property owners and communities need to be ready for disasters. This checklist helps ensure historic resources are protected. (PDF)

Last updated: November 8, 2019