MDAH CLG Grants, 2009

While looking at the History Newsletter on the MDAH website, I noticed (albeit very belatedly) that MDAH has also announced their Certified Local Government grants for this year. Just in case you missed it, here’s the most relevant part of the blurb–you can see the whole thing at presuming MDAH archives its website (that should be save to presume, shouldn’t it, since archives is in their name? Although I read an article today that said that the average lifespan of information posted on a website is 44 days):

The Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $67,000 to fifteen preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across Mississippi. Amounts range from $11,000 to replace the roof of the Strand Theater in Kosciusko to $300 for a National Register plaque in Como.

“We are very pleased with the variety of projects and how they tie in with the growing heritage tourism across Mississippi,” said Certified Local Government grants administrator Susan Tietz. “All of the communities put a lot of thought into their proposals.”

The grants are as follows:

Aberdeen, $8,000 for the exterior repair and painting of the M & O Depot, a Mississippi Landmark.

Biloxi, $3,500 for the revision and publication of Design Review Guidelines and the Buildings of Biloxi: An Architectural Survey.

Brandon, $1,700, for the survey of historic resources of downtown Brandon, the preparation of a National Register nomination for the downtown district, and the preparation of a National Register nomination for the Brandon Cemetery.

Canton, $6,000, for a collaborative project with Hattiesburg through the National Trust for Historic Preservation to address the problem of demolition by neglect in both communities.

Como, $300, for purchase of signage for the National Register designation for the downtown historic district.

Corinth, $10,156 for a preservation master plan to repair and restore the Verandah House and site.

Grenada, $5,000 for the restoration of electrical service to the National Register–listed Masonic Temple.

Hattiesburg, $6,000 for a collaborative project with Canton through the National Trust for Historic Preservation to address the problem of demolition by neglect in both communities.

Hernando, $2,500 for an architectural survey of an area along Elm Street for inclusion in the Commerce Street Historic District and for the creation of signage, a walking tour, and a brochure for the district.

Indianola, $2,000 for the continuation of an architectural survey within a portion of the locally designated historic district.

Kosciusko, $11,000 for the replacement of the roof of the Strand Theater.

Ocean Springs, $3,000 for the update and revision of the design review guidelines.

Oxford, $2,500 for two brochures about locally designated historic districts, one geared toward homeowners and those living within a district and the other aimed at educating the general public.

Pascagoula, $5,000 for the land survey, cleaning, and fencing of the historic Grant Cemetery.

Summit, $1,300 for a survey of historical resources to help determine historic district boundaries and for the National Register nomination of the district.

The Certified Local Government program is a federal-state-local partnership designed to assist communities in dealing with diverse preservation needs through funding and technical assistance. CLG communities may apply for annual grants to undertake preservation projects of importance to the community. Grants may be used for such diverse projects as the restoration of historic buildings; historical, architectural, or archaeological site inventory work; preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; educational programs; and staff support for new historic preservation commissions.

Funding for the grants comes from the Historic Preservation Fund, a federal grants program appropriated by the U.S. Congress and administered by the National Park Service, which provides financial support to State Historic Preservation Offices.

Categories: Aberdeen, Biloxi, Brandon, Canton, Como, Corinth, Depots, Grants, Grenada, Hattiesburg, Hernando, Historic Preservation, Indianola, Kosciusko, Museums, National Park Service, National Register, Ocean Springs, Oxford, Pascagoula, Preservation Education, Preservation Law/Local Commissions, Preservation People/Events, Renovation Projects, Summit

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