New Round of Community Heritage Preservation Grants Is Open

From the Mississippi Dept. of Archives and History website.

A popular grant program for preservation projects across the state has been reauthorized. The 2015 Mississippi legislature provided for $2.8 million in competitive grants in the Community Heritage Preservation Grant Program, which helps preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools. In Certified Local Government communities grant funds may also be used for projects involving historic buildings other than courthouses or schools.

Lynville School

The Lynville School in Kemper County

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.

“This program has helped save buildings of national significance, such as the Tallahatchie County Courthouse, as well as those which are just well-loved by the local community, like the Holmesville Chancery Clerk Office or Lynville School,” said Aileen de la Torre, CHPG program administrator. “We are thankful to the Legislature for the  opportunity to continue assisting communities and their efforts to preserve their historic buildings.”

The MDAH Board of Trustees will award the grants at a special meeting in December. Only properties that have been designated Mississippi Landmarks are eligible. County or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations granted 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status may submit applications. A cash match of at least 20 percent is required, and grant awards are reimbursed upon the successful completion of the project.

Grant applications are available online (PDF) and are due October 2, 2015. For more information contact MDAH by email or call 601-576-6937.

Categories: Grants, MDAH


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