MDAH Historic Preservation

Grants

Many historic buildings and archaeological sites in Mississippi are eligible for grants through the Historic Preservation Division. Funds are available for a wide range of projects, including the repair of residences and businesses damaged by Hurricane Katrina, restoration of historic schools and courthouses, creation of educational programming, and archaeological research.

Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program

The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program provides funds to help preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools. In Certified Local Government communities grant funds may also be used for projects involving historic buildings other than courthouses or schools. All buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks prior to application to be eligible for the grants.

Only county or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations granted Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the IRS may submit applications. Those applications shall be in accordance with the provisions of grant procedures, criteria, and standards developed and publicized by MDAH. After evaluation by department staff, all complete applications will be presented to the MDAH Board of Trustees at a special meeting in December.

The grant awards are paid to the grantee on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project. Applicants receiving grant awards should be prepared to cover all project costs before receiving reimbursements. A cash match of at least 20 percent must be provided.

The program is funded by bond bills passed by the State Legislature, and must be renewed each year. You may contact MDAH after the latest legislative session to inquire the status of the program each year.

Community Heritage Preservation Application (Applications due by September 27, 2013)

For more information contact Aileen de la Torre by email or at 601-576-6940.

Certified Local Government Grant Program

In 2011, MDAH awarded close to $74,000 to preservation projects in fourteen different Certified Local Government Communities. The Certified Local Government Program is a federal-state-local partnership that promotes historic preservation at the grassroots level and helps communities deal with preservation needs.

CLG communities are eligible for annual matching grants to undertake preservation projects of importance to the community. Grants may be used for such diverse projects as the restoration of historic buildings; historical, architectural, or archaeological site inventory work; preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; educational programs; and staff support for new historic preservation commissions.

The application for the 2013 round of CLG grants is now available. The Notice of Intent deadline is Friday, November 9. The NOI is required and allows CLG Communities to submit potential project ideas to MDAH staff for comment on the viability of the proposal.

The complete grant application is due Friday, March 1, 2013. For more information contact CLG Grant Administrator Vicki Myers at 601-576-6953 or vmyers@mdah.state.ms.us.

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Mississippi Archaeological Research Grant Program

MDAH will award $30,000 in grants for the second round of the Mississippi Archaeological Research Grant Program. In 2006 MDAH awarded nearly $25,000 to seven projects in the first year of the program, which provides funds to university archaeologists and graduate students for a wide range of projects, including field school excavations, analyses of collections, and laboratory testing.

Grants may be used for any public collections from Mississippi or sites located in the state. Research involving private collections is eligible if it involves a comparative analysis with a public collection. Applicants must be associated with a university or college, either as archaeological researcher, professor of archaeology or anthropology, or graduate student in archaeology or anthropology.

Applications may be downloaded here. Completed applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 2, 2012. The board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History will determine grant recipients at its regular quarterly meeting in April. Grant amounts will not exceed $10,000 per project.

For more information contact Pamela Edwards Lieb by email or at 601-576-6945.

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Hurricane Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation

The Hurricane Relief Grant Program for Historic Preservation is distributing $26 million for properties along the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Katrina. The grants are available for publicly or privately owned structures listed or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

Currently, all grant funds have been awarded by the MDAH Board of Trustees. If ever there should be another round of grant awards, only those applications on file will be considered. Applications are available from the MDAH Gulf Coast Field Office.

For more information contact the MDAH Gulf Coast Field Office by email or at 228-435-1180.

Mississippi Landmark Grant Program

In 1999, the Mississippi Legislature approved House Bill No. 1082, creating the Mississippi Landmark Grant program. This act, to be administered by the Department of Archives and History (MDAH), provides that the interest earned on $10,000,000 of the balance of the Abandoned Property Fund in the State Treasury will be used for the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program. The grant funds may be used to pay the cost of acquisition, preservation, restoration, operation, administration and support of Mississippi Landmark properties. The Board of Trustees of MDAH will review the applications and award grant funds to eligible projects when the Mississippi Landmark Grant Program has enough of a balance to award grants. Due to the lack of funding, most grants that are awarded are for emergency repairs only.

To be eligible to participate, a building must be designated a Mississippi Landmark under the provisions of the Antiquities Law of Mississippi prior to application.

Grant applications may be submitted by state agencies, county or municipal governments, school districts, nonprofit organizations that have been granted Section 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status by the United States Internal Revenue Service, or private owners of Mississippi Landmark properties.

The grant request may not exceed $300,000 per project. Applicants must provide evidence of cash matching funds (private, local, or federal) at the time of application. Nonprofit and governmental applicants must provide a cash match not less than 20% of the grant award while all other applicants (i.e., for-profit, private property owners, etc.) must provide a cash match not less than 50% of the grant award.

Grant awards will be paid to the grantee by the Department on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the project.

Applicants receiving grant awards should be prepared to cover all project costs prior to receiving reimbursement.

For more information contact Aileen de la Torre by email or at 601-576-6940.

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