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State Development Grant Program

Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies,
Educational Institutions, and Individuals for Preservation Projects

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History - State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)

Deadline Date:

03/31/20 Postmarked


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Grants to West Virginia nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals to conserve, protect, and restore significant buildings and properties. Requests will be considered for the preservation, rehabilitation, protection, and stabilization of qualifying historic and archeological sites.

The State Development Grant Program is for the rehabilitation of properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or a contributing property in a historic district or/and archaeological development of a site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The funding source for this grant program is appropriated by the WV Legislature, through Lottery Funds.

Allowable activities include the following:

  • Preservation: The act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic resource; work, including measures to protect and stabilize the property; applying measures to sustain the existing form, context, integrity, and materials of a resource.
  • Protection: Applying measures designed to affect the physical condition by defending or guarding it from deterioration, loss or attack, or to cover or shield the site from danger or injury. This is usually of a temporary nature, and anticipates future preservation treatment.
  • Rehabilitation: The act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, and architectural values.
  • Restoration: The act or process of accurately depicting the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of features from other periods in its history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. The limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-related work to make properties functional is appropriate within a restoration project.
  • Stabilization: Applying measures designed to reestablish the physical stability of a deteriorated historic resource while maintaining the essential context and integrity as it exists at present.

Regulations and Property Eligibility:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179315

Estimated Size of Grant:

No grant will be awarded for less than $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Beginning Date: Upon signature of contract with SHPO
Ending Date: 12 months from date of contract with SHPO

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant may be a state or local government agency, not-for-profit organization, private citizen, for-profit firm or organization, education institution, or Certified Local Government.

In addition, the applicant or project sponsor must:
-Own the property; or
-Have a long-term lease and have written permission from the owner to conduct the work; or
-Have commitment with the owner to purchase the property and provide a deed by May 15; and
-Must demonstrate the ability to successfully implement the project.

Property Eligibility:
1) The property must be individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places or be a contributing structure in a National Register Historic District.
2) Buildings used for governmental purposes only and not open to the public are not eligible.
3) Staff reserves the right to not recommend funding for projects that have received grants for 2 consecutive years or have received more than $50,000 in the last three years.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2020.

If awarded a grant, the recipient is reimbursed only for work that is conducted following the signing of a contract with the SHPO.

Grants are awarded for no more than 50% of the total project costs, with the project sponsor providing at least 50% of the total costs of the project. Matching funds provided by the sponsor must equal at least 25% in cash while the remaining 25% can be in-kind contributions.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applications should be mailed to:

Grants Coordinator
Historic Preservation Office
Division of Culture & History
1900 Kanawha Blvd, East
The Culture Center
Charleston, WV 25305

(304) 558-0240 ext. 720

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