Historic Preservation Fund Grants

In FY2023, the State Historic Preservation Office anticipates awarding around $200,000 in grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund. These grants will fund projects that relate directly to the identification, evaluation or protection of historic properties. Past projects have included:

  • Training for preservation commissioners
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Posters related to preservation
  • Historic walking tours
  • Preservation planning
  • Architectural and archeological surveys
  • National Register nominations
  • Planning for construction work (pre-development projects) on qualifying buildings. Note: We will not be funding development projects at this time.

Who can apply: Certified Local Governments, all county governmental entities, municipalities, and qualified nonprofit organizations with historic preservation mission.

Deadline: Pre-applications are currently being accepted until 5 p.m. Oct. 14, 2022. The SHPO grant manager will review the pre-applications and provide comments to the applicant before Oct. 31, 2022. Pre-applications are required for all submissions. Final applications are due by 5 p.m. Nov. 15, 2022.

How to apply: Fill out one of the Grant Application forms below and email it to andrew.dial@dnr.mo.gov by the Oct. 14, 2022, pre-application deadline. The grant manager will respond with comments on how to improve your final application. Submit the final application by the Nov. 15, 2022 deadline through the Department of Natural Resources' online Funding Opportunities Portal. This system permits entities applying for funding to submit their application, track the status of the award, and to submit invoices and reports electronically. Project sponsors will need to request access to the system so they may submit the grant application in the portal.

To request access to the system:

  • Go to the Department’s Funding Opportunities Portal.
  • Under New User, click the “Click Here” link to request an account.
  • Complete and submit the Funding Opportunity Portal Access Request form.
  • Check Historic Preservation at the bottom of the form, in the section used to indicate the program(s) in which the project sponsor is interested in applying for financial assistance. Project sponsors may select other options in addition to Historic Preservation. This form may take 24 to 48 hours to process. Once processed, the project sponsor will receive an email with their logon credentials.

Note: HPF grants are 60/40 matching grants and can therefore only fund sixty percent (60%) of a project budget. We are required to earmark a minimum of ten percent (10%) of our Historic Preservation Fund monies for exclusive use by our Certified Local Governments (CLG) partners. Once the ten percent pass through funding has been adequately awarded, the SHPO will consider all remaining grant applications equally.

Awards are competitive. Final applications will be scored based on the proposed project's contribution to Missouri's statewide preservation goals as noted in the Missouri Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan and the technical quality of the application.

For more information or assistance with historic preservation fund grants, please contact our office via email or by calling 573-751-7958.