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Local Preservation: CLG Grants: 2020 Grant Round

Downloads: 2020 CLG application guidelines (pdf) | 2020 CLG application form (fillable pdf)

Important! Open the application form, and then save a copy to your computer immediately.
If you begin working on the form before you save a copy, the data will be lost.

For technical assistance with the Application Form, email Katherine Pomplun, or call her at (401)222-4131.

Each year the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) awards matching grants to local governments whose municipal historic preservation program has been certified by the Commission. We expect about $60,000 will be available for these grants for the coming year. 

In FY 2020, the Commission will again give special priority to reserving $10,000 for a grant to a CLG to co-sponsor the FY 2020 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. In awarding the remainder of CLG funds, the Commission will continue to give highest priority to projects which address important preservation needs within the applicant community or to a statewide preservation need. The Historic Preservation Plan adopted by the RIHPHC and the historic preservation element in local community comprehensive plans will provide the context for evaluating project applications. Special consideration will be given to those projects which address the needs of an endangered property or properties which have extraordinary significance. Applications may be submitted for surveys to identify and evaluate historic properties; preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; a variety of planning activities; and public education activities and print and digital media.

Restoration construction projects are not eligible to apply for CLG grants. However, architectural studies, plans and specifications, and building reuse feasibility studies are eligible for grants. These types of projects may be particularly appropriate for endangered resources.
Grant awards are selected through a process of scoring and ranking applications based upon the above funding priorities, as well as criteria such as the relative architectural/historical significance of properties affected by the project activity; project impact on the community; geographic distribution of grants awarded throughout the state; follow-through on previous historic preservation work; and the CLG's ability to meet general program requirements such as compliance with applicable federal regulations, providing an adequate matching share; and presenting a scope of work which can be accomplished within the allotted time frame. Specific selection criteria for the conference are described in the enclosed material.

Currently, eighteen communities are eligible to apply for CLG grants:  Bristol, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Glocester, Hopkinton, Newport, Narragansett, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Providence, South Kingstown, and Warwick. Communities with certification applications on file before the application deadline may submit grant proposals for Commission consideration in the event that certification is approved. 

Applications must be submitted to the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, The Old State House, 150 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, no later than noon on Tuesday, December 31, 2019. Applicants should contact their local planning office well in advance of this deadline for needed signatures. For more information about applying for a CLG grant, please email Katherine Pomplun, or call her at (401)222-4131.