Preservation Grants

Preservation Grant Applications Closed

The State Historic Preservation Office is currently reviewing applications for the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants. The exact amount of available grant funding is not known but it is expected to be in the range of $300,000. The applications received will be reviewed, rated, and ranked and announced when the HPF is available after Congress passes the federal budget. 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.

The selection process will emphasize projects such as architectural and archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, 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. Examples include 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 and built over 50 years ago. Surveys may be for a specific geographic area or for properties associated with themes or events important 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 (NRHP) are other areas for possible grant funding.

Restoration of historic buildings must follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. In order to be eligible for a restoration grant, the property must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to the restoration of buildings, predevelopment work necessary to undertake rehabilitation is an acceptable grant.

Decisions on funding grants will be made when the exact amount of funds available is known.  

For more information on the grants contact Holly Barnett.

Start Planning your 2023 Grant Project

Applications will open again December 2022 and are made through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation online grants system. Before applications are open you can create a login and affiliate with your organization. For examples of grant projects see the list of 2021 awarded grants

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.


Holly Barnett
Assistant Director for Federal Programs
(615) 770-1089