The State Historic Preservation Office is accepting applications for historic preservation survey and planning grants now through Oct. 31.
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. 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; and comprehensive planning documents. Development grants will be considered if there is sufficient funding.
Grant funds are awarded on a matching basis through a competitive process. The announcement of grantees is planned for February 2013, contingent upon receipt of an allocation by the National Park Service. Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2014.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, by writing: SHPO, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, The Culture Center, Charleston, WV 25305 or at the Division's website at www.wvculture.org/shpo/forms.html.
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.
More information about the division's programs, events and sites is available by visiting www.wvculture.org.