SHPO Historic Preservation Fund Grants OPEN!

The State Historic Preservation Office is accepting applications for Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants for the 2024 federal fiscal year. In recent years, the SHPO has awarded approximately $200,000 in grants. Individual awards are generally capped at $50,000. Our grants can support up to 60% of a project budget with a 40% match required by the applicant.

Who can apply: All Certified Local Governments, all county governmental entities, municipalities, and qualified non-profit organizations with a historic preservation mission are eligible to apply for Historic Preservation Fund grants. Per federal regulations, 10% of the SHPO’s HPF funding will be reserved for Certified Local Governments in good standing. Last year this amount was $123,651.

What we fund: In recent years we have funded:

  • Training opportunities for members of historic preservation commissions or CLG city staff members
  • Conferences and workshops related to historic preservation
  • Posters and pamphlets related to historic preservation
  • The creation of Preservation Plans or Design Guidelines
  • Inventory of archival files related to historic preservation
  • Archeological and architectural surveys for purposes of National Register Nominations
  • Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Documents for publically-owned, NR-listed buildings, including
  • Historic Structure Reports
  • Maintenance Plans
  • Planning for construction work (designs, feasibility studies)

We will not be funding development (meaning construction) projects in this round; HPF money can be used to plan construction work but not to enact it.

Deadlines: Required pre-application must be emailed to the SHPO Grants Manager by Friday, January 5, 2024. Final applications must be postmarked or received through the Department of Natural Resources’ Funding Opportunities Portal by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2024. New applicants are advised to begin the submission process at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline as our Funding Opportunities Portal can take up to 48 hours to add a new user.

Application Process: All applications must submit a pre-application by email to the SHPO Grants Manager (andrew.dial@dnr.mo.gov); final applications will not be considered unless a pre-application has been submitted for the proposed project. The SHPO Grants Manager or their designee will review the pre-application for technical accuracy, budget issues, project goals, eligibility and feasibility of completion within the timeframe. Applicants will receive comments on their pre-application no later than Friday, January 19, 2024. Final applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2023. They will be scored based on the proposed project’s contribution to priorities listed in Missouri’s Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and the technical quality of the application. The SHPO will inform applicants on the status of their application when it receives confirmation of its HPF grant from the National Park Service. This normally occurs during the late spring or early summer.

Where to apply: Application forms and instructions are available on the Missouri State Historic Preservation Office website at: https://mostateparks.com/page/84331/historic-preservation-fund-grants. Please be sure to use the correct instructions with the correct application form that corresponds to your type of project.

Pre-applications and final applications should be submitted through our online Funding Opportunities Portal. This system allows applicants funding to submit their applications, track the status of the award, and to submit invoices and reports electronically. Applicants will need to request access to the system so they may submit the grant application in the portal.

To request access to the system:

  1. Go to the Department’s Funding Opportunity Portal.
  2. Under New User, click the Funding Opportunity Portal Access Request link to request an account.
  3. Complete the form, being sure to check Historic Preservation in the section “Indicate the program(s) which you are interested in applying for financial assistance.” The applicant may select other options in addition to Historic Preservation.
  4. Submit the form. It may take 24-48 hours to process, so portal access should be set up early in the application process. Once processed, applicants will receive an email with log on credentials.

If applicants are unable to access the Funding Opportunity Portal, they can email their application to andrew.dial@dnr.mo.gov or mail two copies of the completed application to the address below. Please be aware that our maximum file size is 7MB; therefore, multiple emails may be required.

Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks
Missouri State Historic Preservation Office
Attn: Preservation Planner/Grant Manager
PO Box 176
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176

For assistance: Please contact Andrew Dial, SHPO Preservation Planner/Grants Manager, by phone at 573-751-7958 or by e-mail at andrew.dial@dnr.mo.gov to request FY2024 HPF Grant Pre-Application forms with instructions if you need them in hard copy, if you have difficulty downloading the forms from our website, or if you have any questions about the grant application process.

There will also be virtual grant application workshops on Friday, November 10 and Monday, December 11th from 10am to 12pm. Contact the SHPO Grants Manager for links to these workshops. Individual meetings can also be scheduled to discuss projects and applications on an as-needed basis.