Nine Georgia municipalities will receive federal subgrants totaling more than $96,000 to support historic preservation activities in their respective communities, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division announced Friday.
The 2019 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 Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
This year’s grant recipients are as follows:
- City of Avondale Estates — $10,200 — Design guidelines for the Avondale Estates Historic District
- City of Brunswick — $13,200 — Design guidelines for the Old Town Historic District
- City of Hawkinsville — $6,705 — Phase 1 of a historic resources survey
- City of Richmond Hill — $18,000 —Design guidelines and local designation report for the Ford Avenue commercial district
- City of Savannah— $6,800 — Completion of the Cuyler-Brownville neighborhood historic resource survey
- City of Valdosta— $13,500 — Updated historic resource survey
- City of Washington— $7,200 — Moisture mitigation for Callaway Plantation
- Dade County — $15,000 — Phase 1 of a historic resources survey
- Jones County — $6,311 — Phase 1 of a historic resources survey
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, HPD 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.