FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) is now accepting grant applications from Kentucky Certified Local Governments, for matching grants for historic preservation activities. Awards are made annually to qualifying projects submitted by participating citywide and county historic preservation commissions.
Kentucky currently has 23 CLG communities.
In late 2013, the Heritage Council awarded nine grants totaling $80,000 for preservation-related projects in Middlesboro, Bardstown, Bellevue, Campbellsville, Covington, Danville, Dawson Springs, Frankfort and Shelbyville.
Leveraged along with the required local match of at least 40 percent, these grants will generate total investment of $133,333.
Eligible activities include surveying historic properties or archaeological sites, preparing nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, compiling historic context or thematic studies, creating historic preservation plans or for professional development, training for historic preservation commissions and planning staff or public education. Grants cannot be used to acquire or restore historic properties.
“It is always interesting to see how these grants are being creatively leveraged by communities to broaden their impact,” said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer.
Covington and Bellevue partnered to create a nationally award-winning video, narrated by Northern Kentucky personality Nick Clooney, as a way to dispel negative perceptions about preservation and the design review process and emphasize benefits to communities, available at http://vimeo.com/35608673. A subsequent video on architectural styles was also produced with CLG grant assistance and may be viewed at http://vimeo.com/76638467.
CLG designation offers a way for local governments to become involved in a comprehensive approach to historic preservation.
In addition to eligibility for grants, benefits of designation include access to technical advice from KHC and the National Park Service.
To qualify, local governments must meet five broad standards, including enacting a historic preservation ordinance and appointing a qualified preservation commission or architectural review board.
By federal law, at least 10 percent of Kentucky’s annual apportionment from the federal Historic Preservation Fund must be awarded as preservation grants to CLGs.
Grant-funded projects, and qualified professionals engaged in training, must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
Eligible Certified Local Governments must apply for this next round of grants by Monday, March 3.
For information, contact Vicki Birenberg, state CLG program and planning coordinator, at 502-564-7005, ext. 126, or Vicki.Birenberg@ky.gov, or see www.heritage.ky.gov/mainstreet/clgs/.
An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.
This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, heritage tourism, jobs creation, affordable housing, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov
The 2013 Certified Local Government historic preservation grants for Middlesboro was $8,333 ($5,000 with match of $3,333) to develop a historic preservation plan for the city and assist in reestablishing a historic preservation program.