Maine Commission Offers Historic Preservation Fund Grants

The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has announced the opening of the 2022 Historic Preservation Fund grant round.

The commission plans to award approximately $94,000 in individual matching grants for National Register nominations, architectural or archaeological studies, or education, planning, development or pre-development projects statewide. , according to a press release from the commission.

The minimum grant is normally $5,000. Eligible historic buildings and sites are those listed on the National Register of Historic Places, either individually or as contributing resources within a historic district listed on the National Register. Eligible applicants are limited to state agencies, county governments, municipal governments, educational institutions, and private nonprofit institutions as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Projects must be led by individuals with professional credentials as defined by the Home Office and must be completed by March 31, 2024. The deadline for applications is June 22.

The Commission’s HPF Grants Handbook provides information on eligible projects and expenditure, as well as the project selection process, including selection criteria. Funding priorities for 2022 include planning at the municipal or regional level for the effects of climate change on historic resources; provide planning assistance to CLG communities; diversify identification and registration efforts to include everyone’s story; identify and ensure the protection of particularly vulnerable resources; support pre-development, development and archeology projects; and increase awareness of historic preservation activities through education, outreach, publications and events.

A full list of funding priorities is available in the manual.

For an application form and grant handbook, write to the commission at 55 Capitol St., 65 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0065, call 207-287-2132, or visit .

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