Seven Georgia municipalities will receive federal subgrants totaling more than $90,000 to support historic preservation activities in their respective communities, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division announced Monday.
The 2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants facilitate historic preservation planning initiatives and projects such as historic resource surveys, outreach efforts, and bricks-and-mortar projects throughout the state. The grants are provided annually through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service and are administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
This year’s grant recipients are as follows:
City of Atlanta — $27,050 — Support to develop a city-wide historic preservation strategy that includes public outreach, an analysis of peer cities, a city narrative and identity, and field work and data mapping.
City of Hampton — $7,200 — Final phase of a city-wide historic resources survey.
City of Toccoa — $10,200 — Second phase of a city-wide historic resources survey.
City of Avondale Estates — $1,500 — The development and installation of an interpretive panel at the city’s historic Carl's Corner.
City of Dublin — $7,260 — A conditions assessment for the Northview Cemetery Mausoleum.
City of Rome— $23,000 — Stabilization of the Fairview School.
City of Roswell — $17,050 — Updated historic resources survey of the Roswell Historic District.
Each year, Georgia's 95 Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are eligible to apply for these matching (60 percent federal/40 percent local) grants. To be eligible to become a federal Certified Local Government, a city or county must have passed a preservation ordinance and have established a historic preservation commission.
“Historic preservation works best as a partnership with local stakeholders, and we are proud of the efforts of this year’s grant recipients and all of our Certified Local Government partners,” said Dr. David Crass, HPD Division Director. “The CLG program is one of our most important tools in promoting economic development focused on local historic resources. The communities participating in the program have taken the initiative to work to protect the historic resources that make their respective cities, or counties, truly special.”
HPF grant funds may be used for a variety of other preservation activities, including archaeological surveys, design guidelines, educational/promotional/tourism activities, and publications. For information on the Historic Preservation Fund grant program or the Certified Local Government program, contact Allison Asbrock at 770-389-7868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.