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Preservation Grants

2019 - 2020 


Beginning  December 1, 2019, the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects . The federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) will be available after Congress passes the federal budget. The exact amount of available grant funding is not known but it is expected to be in the range of $250,000.

Applications will be reviewed, rated, and ranked. Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds are known, which may be as late as next August. The grants are matching grants and will reimburse up to 60% of the costs of approved project work. The remaining 40% must be provided by the grantee as matching funds. Restoration of historic buildings must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The selection process will emphasize projects such as architectural and archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, historic preservation educational materials, and restoration of historic buildings that are listed in the National Register and have a public use. Priorities for grants will be based on the State Historic Preservation Plan.  This includes areas experiencing rapid growth and development, other threats to cultural resources, areas where there are gaps in knowledge regarding cultural resources, and communities that participate in the Certified Local Government program. For proposed survey projects, the projects should identify and record historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant to Tennessee’s history and built over 50 years ago. Surveys may be for a specific geographic area or for sites associated with themes or events significant in the state’s history, such as the development of railroads in the 19th century or post-World War II residential development. Preservation plans for towns, neighborhoods, and historic districts and the preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places are other areas for possible grant funding. In addition to the restoration of buildings, predevelopment work necessary to undertake rehabilitation is aallowed.

Applications are available at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) online grants system found at You can also find the information by going directly to TDEC's home page, going to the About section and then to Grants. The web has a user guide and tutorial.

All applications for Historic Preservation Fund grants must be completed by January 31, 2020.

If you would like to see a list of grants awarded from the 2018-2019 grant cycle, a list is available online.  The list of awarded grants are available at this link.

This program receives Federal funds from the National Park Service. Regulations of the U.S. Department of the Interior strictly prohibit unlawful discrimination in departmental federally assisted programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility operated by a recipient of Federal assistance should write to: Director, Equal Opportunity Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, P.O. Box 37127, Washington, D.C. 20013-7127.


Claudette Stager

(615) 770-1089