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Preservation Through Partnership

The State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division (STLPG) provides preservation assistance through a variety of programs.

STLPG administers a number of grant programs that preserve America's historic places and diverse history. All of our grants are funded through the Historic Preservation Fund. STLPG also develops and delivers technical assistance and guidance in historic preservation to a broad audience including states, tribes, local communities, and Federal agencies.

The National Park Service assists the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the territories, and the Freely Associated States as partners in preservation. Together, we work towards preserving the places that give our nation its cultural identity. Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded to these governments annually, based on an apportionment formula. This includes a required minimum 10% pass-through to support local preservation projects.
STLPG administers two important grant programs directed to tribes through HPF. These are the annual formula grants, which are apportioned to eligible Tribal Historic Preservation Offices under the Tribal Preservation Program and the competitive Tribal Heritage Grants, which are open to all federally recognized tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian organizations.
The Certified Local Government (CLG) program is the official preservation partnership connecting local state, and Federal governments to help communities save their irreplaceable historic resources. Through the certification process, communities make a local commitment to historic preservation. This commitment is key to America's ability to preserve, protect, and increase awareness of our unique cultural heritage across the country. CLGs are eligible to receive subgrants from the annual apportionment to the states.
The planning program develops national policy related to historic preservation planning. The program helps communities of all kinds navigate the planning process and ensure it is useful and effective.
Since 1977, HPF has provided financial assistance to support historic preservation and heritage-based economic development within every state, territory, and participating federally recognized tribe. In addition to grants to states and tribes mentioned above, the Historic Preservation Fund also funds competitive grant programs as appropriated by Congress supporting efforts ranging from disaster relief, economic revitalization, tribal heritage, and highlighting African American Civil Rights.

Last updated: March 26, 2021