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, 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 and gas 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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Apportionment Formula Updates for SHPOs

An update on the apportionment formula used to determine SHPO grant funding amounts

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Historic Preservation Fund Annual Report

The Historic Preservation Fund supported work by states, tribes, local governments, and non-profits in FY22.

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Grant Programs Accepting Applications

Check here to see if we are currently accepting applications for grant programs.

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Technical Assistance Programs

More information about technical assistance to states, tribes, local governments, including preservation planning.

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Overview of Grant Programs

Learn more about all of our grant programs.

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Sign up for our Bulletin

Periodic news bulletin about our grant programs and other relevant updates.

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All Grants Transition to GrantSolutions

Browse or search for important information about the transition to GrantSolutions that began on October 13, 2020.

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Grant Program Press Releases

A helpful page to find recent press releases and links associated with applications to our competitive and formula grant programs.

Last updated: March 16, 2023