CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is accepting applications for historic preservation survey and planning grants. Applications must be postmarked by Oct. 31, 2015. Approximately $80,000 will be awarded from funding appropriated by the U.S. Congress for preservation efforts through the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund.

State and local government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and firms, and educational institutions are qualified to apply. Historic Landmark Commissions that participate in the Certified Local Government program will receive priority consideration.

Eligible projects may include architectural and archaeological surveys; preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations; heritage education programs relating to preservation activities; pre-development activities; comprehensive planning documents; and development projects.

Grant funds are awarded on a matching basis, and the announcement of grantees is planned for February 2016, contingent upon receipt of an allocation from the National Park Service. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2017.

A complete grant package, including a grants manual and application packet with program descriptions, funding priorities and selection criteria is available by contacting Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240 ext. 720, by emailing her at, by writing: SHPO, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, Charleston, W.Va. 25305 or at the division’s website at

A competitive process is used to determine the recipients. The final decision will be made by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, which bases its decision on projects that best meet the established priorities and criteria stated in the grant applications. Development projects will only be considered when all of the justifiable funding needs of eligible projects in other categories have been addressed. All grant monies must be administered in accordance with federal and state requirements.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, 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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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