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Local Preservation: CLG Grants: 2021 Grant Round

Downloads: 2021 CLG application guidelines (pdf) | 2021 CLG application form (fillable pdf)

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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 in Federal Fiscal Year 2021.

This year, the Commission has taken extra steps to prioritize and encourage grant proposals that will help communities plan for protecting historic resources from the effects of climate change and sea level rise, and proposals that will promote the recognition or preservation of resources associated with people of color and other historically underrepresented groups. Proposals that respond to these specific priorities will receive bonus points during the evaluation and scoring of applications. The Commission will also reserve funding for co-sponsorship of the FY 2021 Statewide Historic Preservation Conference. The Commission will continue to give priority to projects which address important preservation needs within the applicant community or to a statewide preservation need. 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, but architectural studies, plans and specifications, and building reuse feasibility studies are eligible. These types of projects may be particularly appropriate for endangered resources. Please see the application guidelines above for more examples of eligible projects.
Grant awards will be 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; follow-through on previous historic preservation work; and the CLG's ability to meet general program requirements. Specific selection criteria and a copy of the scoring rubric are included in the application guidelines.

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.

Applications must be submitted to the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission no later than noon on Friday, January 15, 2021Applicants should contact their local planning office well in advance of this deadline to plan for needed authorizations. For more information about applying for a CLG grant, please email Katherine Pomplun, or call her at (401) 222-4131.