CLG Grants

About Certified Local Government (CLG) grants:

The only grant program available directly through the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) pass-through grant. HPF funds are made available to the HPO through the National Park Service. Eligible applicants are Certified Local Governments (CLGs). Not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions within the jurisdiction of a CLG may also be eligible to apply through their local historic preservation commission. Privately-owned buildings are not eligible. Applications are normally available in January each year.

Check to see if you are located within a CLG.

Information about the 2024 HPF pass-through grants cycle:

The State Historic Preservation Office is now accepting applications for FY 2024 federal HPF pass-through grants, which are available to CLGs. Eligible projects include architectural and archaeological surveys, nominations of eligible districts and properties to the National Register of Historic Places, survey publication manuscripts, local preservation design standards and preservation plans, educational programs (including archaeological), and restoration of National Register-listed properties. Funds for restoration are not available to privately-owned buildings. Eligible applicants are local governments and local historic preservation commissions as well as nonprofit organizations and educational institutions within the jurisdiction of a CLG.

Please note that before preparing and submitting an application, applicants must contact HPO staff to discuss the scope of work and budget of their potential project along with the grant standards and requirements. HPO staff contacts are listed in the attached instructions.

An estimated total of $120,000 to $130,000 statewide may be available for projects in CLG municipalities and counties, in accordance with federal requirements. A list of CLGs can be found online. Unfortunately, funds for non-CLG projects are not available through this program.

Grant awards, which normally cover up to sixty per cent of total project costs, generally range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are available on a reimbursement basis. Local matching funds should try to cover at least forty per cent (40%) of the total project costs. Grant projects will be selected for funding on a competitive basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the grants coordinator if you have a project in mind but may not have a forty percent match available.

Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 10, 2024. Nonprofits and educational institutions submitting an application through a CLG should submit their proposed application to the CLG before the end of February of 2024. See the Instructions for Completing the 2024 Application for more details.

Based on federal appropriation timing, we expect to announce awards in June of 2024. Projects should be underway by the fall of 2024. All projects should be completed by September 30, 2025.

Please read the cover memo for important information about this grant cycle.

Cover memo to CLGs about 2024 HPF grants from Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Application form for 2024 (PDF)
Instructions for Completing the 2024 Application
List of Certified Local Governments (CLGs) in North Carolina as of January 31, 2024
State Preservation Plan Goals and Objectives

For more information, contact Michele Patterson McCabe, grants coordinator,