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The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes the National Park Service to grant funds allocated by Congress from the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to States for historic preservation activities. In turn, the States may subgrant funds to eligible recipients in order for other agencies or institutions to conduct allowable activities on its behalf.

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 Certified Local Government (CLG) grant round. The Commission anticipates awarding approximately $75,000 in 60/40 matching grants for architectural or archaeological survey, public education, planning, National Register nominations or development or pre-development projects for projects located in CLG communities. The minimum grant award is normally $5,000 and the maximum is $24,995. Eligible historic buildings and sites are those that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places either individually or as contributing resources in a National Register-listed historic district. Eligible applicants are limited to municipal governments and non-profit institutions as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Projects must be directed by persons with professional credentials as defined by the Department of the Interior, and must be completed by September 30, 2020.

The Commission's CLG Grant Manual provides information about eligible projects and expenses, as well as the project selection process, including selection criteria. Funding priorities for 2019 include projects tied to the Maine Bicentennial (2020), that include municipal or regional level planning for the effects of climate change on historic resources, that focus on preservation outreach through public events, social media or educational plans, or that expand the Maine Historic Resources Inventory and make it more accessible. A complete list of funding priorities is available in the manual.

For an application form and grant manual visit 2019 CLG Grants or contact the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, 55 Capitol Street, 65 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333-0065, (207) 287-2132.

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission receives Federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties; under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, or handicap in its federally assisted program.

New Century Preservation Grants

The Commission also disburses State grant monies through the New Century Community Program when this program has been funded. As a participating agency of the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission is charged with administering New Century Community Program preservation grants for historic buildings, structures and sites.

Notices pertaining to the availability of New Century grant funds and grant application deadlines will be posted on this website.

Policy on Letters of Support

Grant making institutions and agencies often require that applications include letters of support from the State Historic Preservation Officer. The Commission will provide such letters for projects it deems worthy, or will comment on a proposed project's effect under the following conditions: 1) the request shall be made, preferably by email, at least 15 days before the application deadline; 2) the applicant shall provide a copy of the grant application that explains the grant request and scope of work; 3) the applicant shall furnish a draft letter of endorsement that the Commission may modify as it deems appropriate; 4) the applicant shall indicate to whom the letter should be sent; and 5) the comment deadline shall be stated in the request.

Procedure for Save America's Treasures Grants

If an applicant is seeking an endorsement of a grant request to the Save America's Treasures program, and the property for which the grant is intended is a designated National Historic Landmark, or is presently listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance, the procedure described above shall be observed.

If the property is not presently recognized as an NHL or is not listed in the Register at the national level of significance, consultation with the Commission should be initiated at least 90 days prior to the application deadline. This time frame is necessary for the Commission to issue a preliminary opinion as to whether the property should be acknowledged as having a national level of significance, and if we do, to permit the applicant to develop a written statement in accordance with National Register guidelines and bulletins that justifies this change to the property's status. Please be advised, however, that any such change is ultimately subject to the approval of the Keeper of the Register. When the Commission is satisfied with the documentation provided by the applicant, the procedure described above shall be observed.