Historic preservation development grants available

Applications are available for historic preservation development grants through the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Submissions must be postmarked by Mar. 31.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation or archaeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Governmental properties that are not accessible to the public are not eligible for funding. Applicants may be a state or local government agency, not-for-profit organization, private citizen, for-profit firm or organization, education institution, religious organization or Certified Local Government. All applications must show evidence of public support and public benefit.

A complete application package, including allowable activities, criteria for evaluation and grant guidelines is available by calling 304-558-0240 or visiting http://www.wvculture.org/shpo/grantmanual/development.html.

Grant awards will be made based on appropriation of funds from the West Virginia Legislature or U.S. Congress.

For more information on the grant programs, contact Pamela Brooks, grants coordinator, at 304-558-0240 or pam.a.brooks@wv.gov.

The WV Division of Culture and History is an agency within the WV 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 www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.