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CHPG-illosA popular grant program for preservation projects has received additional funding. The 2014 Mississippi legislature allocated $2.1 million for competitive grants in the tenth round of the Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program, which helps preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools. In Certified Local Government communities grant funds may also be used for projects involving other historic buildings. Only properties that have been designated Mississippi Landmarks are eligible for the grants.

“This program is directly responsible for saving great Mississippi buildings like the L.Q.C. Lamar House in Oxford and the Prentiss Institute Rosenwald School in Jefferson Davis County,” said Aileen de la Torre, CHPG program administrator. “These grants are so effective because the local communities are the spark for the projects large and small, whether restoring an entire structure or constructing an accessibility ramp.”

The MDAH Board of Trustees will award the grants at a special meeting in December. Only county or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations granted Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the IRS may submit applications. A cash match of at least 20 percent is required, and grant awards are reimbursed upon the successful completion of the project.

To become a Certified Local Government, a community must adopt a preservation ordinance establishing a preservation commission in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Once the commission has been established, application for CLG status may be made to the National Park Service through the Department of Archives and History. MDAH works closely with local government officials and citizens to help them create and manage a workable local historic preservation program. To learn more about the CLG program, call 662-325-2520.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on October 3, 2014. For more information contact MDAH by email or call 601-576-6937.

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