Georgia Communities Awarded Federal Historic Preservation Grants

Nine Georgia municipalities will receive federal subgrants totaling more than $109,000 to support historic preservation activities in their respective communities, the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office announced Monday, July 12.

The 2021 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 State Historic Preservation Office of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.

This year’s grant recipients are as follows:

  • City of Atlanta — $24,604.52— LGBTQ+ Historic Context Statement
  • City of Dahlonega — $2,580 — Historic Resources Survey for the City of Dahlonega
  • City of Grantville — $11,276 — Historic Resources Survey for the City of Grantville
  • City of Greensboro — $10,695.93 — Solar Powered Audio Interpretive Stations for a Historic Audio Tour
  • City of Monroe — $15,000 — Historic Resources Survey for the City of Monroe
  • City of St. Mary’s — $10,500 — Historic Resources Survey for the City of St. Mary’s
  • City of Social Circle — $10,252.93 — Historic Resources Survey for the City of Social Circle
  • City of Valdosta — $17,344.93— Phase II of a Historic Resources Survey for the City of Valdosta
  • City of Hartwell — $7,200— Historic Resources Survey for the City of Hartwell

Each year, Georgia's 99 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, 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, contact Grants Coordinator Marah Grossman 404-679-3159 or  For information on the Certified Local Government program, contact Certified Local Government Coordinator Paige Jennings at 404-486-6442 or