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The Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) Grant program is appropriated annually from Congress through the National Park Service to the states. HPD reserves 10 percent of each year's appropriation for grants to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). These 60/40 matching grants enable cities, towns, and rural areas to undertake projects that aid in the preservation of historic properties. 

Current Grant Cycle 

Applications for the grant program are made available on the first Friday in December.  Applications must be submitted on or before February 1. Applications are available through the DCA GrAAM system.   

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  • Notice of Intent to Adopt revised Rules for the Non-Certified Local Government Grant Program, Historic Preservation Division, Department of Community Affairs.

    Pursuant to the Requirements of the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act, as amended, attached are the revised Rules for the Historic Preservation Division's Non-Certified Local Government Grant Program. Also attached are a Notice of Intent form and a Summary of the proposed program rule amendments.

    Please note that a public hearing will be held virtually on May 11, 2022 at 1:30 PM. The link to this public hearing is in the attached.

    Please note the Department of Community Affairs intends to act on the proposed rules at its meeting at 1:30 PM on May 11, 2022 which will be held in Columbus, Georgia.

  • Application for Historic Preservation CLG grants to be released December 3 

    A grant application package for the Federal Fiscal Year 2022 Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) sub-grant program, administered by the Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs will be available on December 3.   

    The HPF grant program is structured to support local preservation efforts and to strengthen the Certified Local Government (CLG) program statewide.  All grant funds are matched 60% federal/40% local and are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications are rated according to the eligibility and selection criteria.  

    Eligibility 

    In order to apply, your community must be a Certified Local Government.  All CLGs applying for grant funding must be in good standing with HPD, including being up to date on all CLG evaluations.  CLGs may apply for predevelopment, development, survey, planning, or education projects.  If your community has not completed a historic resources survey or archaeological survey or updated an existing survey since 2007, the CLG is only eligible to apply for a survey and planning project.  If you apply for more than one project (i.e. an archaeological survey AND a National Register district nomination), you must complete a separate application for each one. 

    Survey and planning activities include National Register nominations, preservation planning, design guidelines, and information/education projects such as brochures, DVDs, website development, heritage education materials, workshops/conferences, etc.  

    Site-specific predevelopment grant projects include historic structures reports, preservation plans, architectural drawings, and specifications.   

    Site-specific development grant projects for rehabilitation projects such as roof, plaster, or window repair or structural/foundation stabilization for buildings, structures, or monuments.  

    Application Submission Instructions 

    Applications must be submitted on or before February 1, 2022.  Grant awards will be announced in May 2022.  Projects may begin in June 2022 and must be completed by September 30, 2022.  

    Grant applicants will now submit the application online using the new DCA grant portal, the Grant Application Administration and Management (GRAAM) system.  Access to the grant application is available from the Certified Local Government grants webpage.  Please email  hpgrants@dca.ga.gov with questions.