State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants
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    State Historic Preservation Program

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State Historic Preservation Program

The State Historic Preservation Offices of the 50 States plus the District of Columbia and the Territories are important partners with the National Park Service preservation programs. Together, we work toward preserving the places that give our nation a cultural identity found in the built environment.

Since 1970, the State and Tribal Historic Preservation Offices have received up to $56.4 million in annual matching grants through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to assist in expanding and accelerating their historic preservation activities.

Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded annually based on an apportionment formula. The National Park Service and SHPOs, along with the Certified Local Governments form provide the structure for preservation efforts to be connected on the national, state, and local levels. This includes the required minimum 10% pass-through of the HPF grant funds to directly support local preservation projects and providing preservation training and guidance. NPS consults with the SHPOs on all preservation projects through the Section 106 process outlined in the National Historic Preservation Act.

2020 Annual Report Now Available
Image of first page of 2020 annual report showing text and figures describing the Historic Preservation Fund as well as information on the Historic Preservation Law book.
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Examples of Accomplishments

North Cotton Storehouse in Nashua Traditional Yap Fish gathering method of walled off pond DC Alley Report
North Cotton Storehouse.
A 2014 grant helped save a 100 year-old Cotton Warehouse building in Nashua, NH from demolition. Reuse means over 100 units of new housing! The developer also combined the 20% federal tax credit with HUD funding through the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority for workforce housing, with assistance from the Nashua Housing Authority.
Yap Archaeology Field School

A Historic Preservation Fund grant funded the rehabilitation of the fish weirs in Yap, or fish traps that are shaped like arrows. During the University of Guam 2016 Spring break, six archaeology students from UoG, under the direction of Assistant Professor Dr. Bill Jeffery implemented studies on the traditional cultural heritage of Yap, in collaboration with the Yap State Historic Preservation Office. Read more...

The D.C. Historic Alley Buildings Survey is an extensive and on-going survey of the city’s historic alley buildings that began in the Spring of 2011.

The goal of the project has been to provide an inventory of these alley buildings, record basic information about them, research and develop an historic context for better understanding and evaluating alley buildings, and to make recommenda-tions for future preservation action.