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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Applications are now available for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Deadline for receipt of applications is postmarked March 31, 2018. Projects eligible for grants include those for the restoration, rehabilitation, or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The SHPO anticipates that approximately $369,000 will be available for these grant awards, contingent upon an appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature or United States Congress.

Applicants may be state or local government agencies, not-for-¬≠profit organizations, private citizens, for-profit firms or organizations, education institutions and Certified Local Governments. Privately owned properties are eligible where there is evidence of public support or public benefit.  Governmental properties that are not accessible to the public are not eligible.

A complete program description, including funding priorities and selection criteria is available from the grants staff of the SHPO at 558-0240 or at http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/GrantManual/development.html.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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