Per MDAH’s website:
Nearly $75K in Preservation Grants Awarded
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History has awarded grants totaling more than $74,000 to sixteen preservation projects in Certified Local Government communities across the state. The 2015 CLG grants are as follows:
Aberdeen, $5,245, for a professional assessment of M&O Depot, including a facilities report, structural review and report, and design and construction documents for an ADA and bathroom addition.
Brandon, $1,131, for the creation of self-guided tour brochures for the Old Brandon Cemetery, as well as informational signs along tour route and a waterproof brochure box at the cemetery.
Canton, $10,000, for the replacement of fencing on east side of “New” Canton Cemetery.
Clinton, $4,000, for the completion of a survey and a National Register Historic District nomination of Olde Towne Clinton.
Como, $6,000, for the replacement of Como City Hall roof.
Durant, $375, for the completion of a National Register Historic District nomination and the rehabilitation of the Durant Depot’s south-side windows.
Greenwood, $9,500, for the completion of a historic resources survey for the downtown commercial district.
Holly Springs, $5,800, for a ten-day intensive historic windows workshop at the Chalmers Institute, which will include hands-on instruction in diagnostics, traditional wood repairs, glazing, and epoxy repairs by Save America’s Windows author John Leeke.
Jackson, $10,000, for the interior, exterior, and mechanical rehabilitation to the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center.
McComb, $4,500, for the completion of a historic resources survey in East McComb.
Pascagoula, $1,950, for the design and installation of two pedestal signs along downtown historic pathway to raise public preservation awareness for residents and visitors.
Port Gibson, $873, to print copies of the Port Gibson Design Guidelines.
Quitman, $6,000, for the completion of a survey and National Register Historic District nomination of downtown Quitman and the Old Mill District.
Vicksburg, $2,150, for the placement of signs at major streets entering historic downtown Vicksburg.
West, $1,382, for the creation of brochures and signage to promote West Historic District as well as signage for Casey Jones Museum, West Methodist Church, and Masonic Lodge.
Woodville, $5,500, for rehabilitation of Polk’s Meat Market , including construction of rear deck and handicap ramp, replacement ADA rear doors, electrical work, and new interior floor.
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—in Mississippi the Historic Preservation Division of MDAH.
To become a CLG, a community must adopt a preservation ordinance establishing a preservation commission in accordance with federal and state guidelines. Once the commission has been established, application for CLG status may be made to the National Park Service through the Department of Archives and History. MDAH works closely with local government officials and citizens to help them create and manage a workable local historic preservation program. To learn more about the CLG program, contact Barry White at 601-576-6940, or see the MDAH Web site,
The sixty-one CLG communities in Mississippi are Aberdeen, Amory, Baldwyn, Biloxi, Brandon, Canton, Carrollton, Carthage, Centreville, Claiborne County, Clarksdale, Cleveland, Clinton, Columbia, Columbus, Como, Corinth, Durant, Eupora, Friars Point, Gautier, Greenville, Greenwood, Grenada, Hattiesburg, Hazlehurst, Hernando, Holly Springs, Indianola, Jackson, Kosciusko, Laurel, Leland, Lexington, Louisville, McComb, Meridian, Moss Point, Mound Bayou, Natchez, Newton, Ocean Springs, Oxford, Pascagoula, Philadelphia, Port Gibson, Quitman, Raymond, Ripley, Sardis, Senatobia, Sharkey County, Starkville, Tunica, Tupelo, Vicksburg, West, West Point, Winona, Woodville and Yazoo City.
The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is the second-oldest state department of archives and history in the United States. The department collects, preserves, and provides access to the archival resources of the state, administers museums and historic sites, and oversees statewide programs for historic preservation, state and local government records management, and publications. The department is headquartered in the state-of-the-art William F. Winter Archives and History Building, located on the corner of North and Amite Streets in downtown Jackson.