Sunset Report

Strategic Plan
2016-17 through 2021-22


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National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants

Each year the Division of Historic Preservation distributes an allocation of federal funds for historic preservation projects through a competitive grants process. These funds are from the National Park Service, U. S. Department of the Interior. The focus of the grant proposals should be related to ongoing state and federally mandated programs and initiatives that are outlined in the Louisiana Comprehensive Plan entitled "Our Places, Our Heritage: A Plan for Historic Preservation and Archaeological Conservation in Louisiana." These initiatives include:

Expanding Education and Public Knowledge

  • hosting workshops and seminars to inform local district commissioners and citizens about innovative ways to increase historic preservation initiatives within their communities
  • collaborating with university students to produce National Register nominations
  • providing preservation information to the public via magazines, newspapers, television, exhibits, presentations, workshops, seminars, etc.

Identifying and Protecting Historic Properties

  • identifying, evaluating and preserving important buildings, structures and sites
  • conducting regional, parish and local historic standing structure surveys of properties 50 years and older within the following areas:
    • northeastern parishes where no surveys have been completed
    • south central parishes where partial surveys have been completed
  • developing historic structure reports
  • conducting Historic American Building Surveys (HABS), using HABS as an educational tool for the cultural economy, and highlighting issues such as traditional design and building practices, cultural and historic trends or traditions

Typical recipients include historic organizations, parish governments, economic development districts, planning commissions, museum houses, state agencies, municipal governments, educational institutions, historic district commissions and Certified Local Governments (CLG).

Previously funded projects include the development of preservation plans, surveys of historic districts, preparation of National Register nominations, Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation and educational activities to promote historic preservation. Typical funded CLG projects include development of design guidelines for historic districts, municipal Historic Resource Inventory Surveys, feasibility studies on a single historic building or groups of historic buildings, condition assessments and historic structures reports, public information projects relative to historic preservation and historic preservation training programs for officials and local citizens.

These awarded grant funds must be matched by non-federal monies on at least a 50/50 basis, though grantees may elect to overmatch. Grant funds are distributed on a reimbursable basis (in other words, the recipient makes an expenditure and is subsequently reimbursed for the grant portion of the expenditure when the necessary billing documentation is received).

Grant applications are due by May 2, 2016. All applications must be submitted through the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Grants Online (GO) system by May 2, 2016.

Grant awards will be announced in June, with grant projects beginning July 1, 2016, and ending June 30, 2017. 


To complete and submit the 2016-2017 Historic Preservation Funds Grant – Application, log into the GO system at https://louisiana.culturegrants.org/

In order to complete the application process, the Certification/Signature page of the application must be printed, signed and mailed to:

        Mike Varnado

        Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation

        P.O. Box 44247

        Baton Rouge, LA 70804-4247


Forms and Documents
2016-2017 Historic Preservation Fund Grants - Announcement of Availabilityword_icon.png
2016-2017 Historic Preservation Fund Grants - Application Informationpdf_icon.png 
Guide for Louisiana Restoration Grant ParticipantsWord Document
Louisiana Comprehensive Plan – Our Places, Our Heritage: A Plan for Historic Preservation and Archaeological Conservation in Louisianapdf_icon.png
Historic Preservation Fund Grants Manualpdf_icon.png
Office of Cultural Development Strategic Plan - FY15-FY19pdf_icon.png