Technical Assistance

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The federal preservation program is a partnership between the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, Tribal Historic Preservation Offices, and Certified Local Governments.

Federal Preservation Partners

The National Park Service provides both technical assistance and financial assistance to communities across the country. Formal technical assistance with preservation issues, like for preservation planning, is offered to states via each state's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), to tribes with a partnership agreement via Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO), and to local communities through the Certified Local Government (CLG) program.

As our statutory partners, SHPOs, THPOs, and CLGs work every day to carry out the spirit and vision of the National Historic Preservation Act. To assist them with this work, they are eligible for grants from the Historic Preservation Fund. In addition to working with the State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division of the National Park Service, many of these partners also regularly work with other parts of the National Park Service including local park partners, regional offices, and other NPS cultural resources programs like Technical Preservation Services, the National Register of Historic Places, and the National Historic Landmarks program.

Last updated: November 17, 2021