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Local Preservation: Preservation is Local 2009/2010

PIL Grant downloads:

1) Introduction/Guidelines (pdf format--read only)

2) Application (two formats):
Application (.doc format--save this document and complete in Microsoft Word)
Application (pdf--print this document and put it in typewriter to complete)

3) Appendix (pdf--print and sign)

Upcoming PIL Grant dates (all 2009):
Thurs., June 4, 10am: Grants workshop at RIHPHC, 150 Benefit St., Providence
Friday, June 5, 10am: Grants workshop at Warwick City Hall, 3275 Post Rd., Warwick
Friday, July 17: Applications due at RIHPHC no later than 4pm

Preservation Is Local is a special initiative of the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for 2009/10. Preservation Is Local (PIL) is designed to stimulate Rhode Island communities in addressing the state of historic preservation at the local level, and all local governments are eligible to participate. The RIHPHC is awarding $200,000 federal matching grants in support of PIL, $50,000 of which is reserved specifically for Certified Local Governments. PIL grants will be made to local governments. Projects proposed by local governments in partnership with historic preservation organizations are encouraged.

In awarding PIL funds, the Commission will give highest priority to projects which address important preservation needs within the applicant community as well as needs that affect multiple communities. 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 for historic resources on an individual, townwide or regional basis; and heritage education and heritage tourism activities and publications. Restoration construction projects are not eligible to apply for PIL grants. However, other historic property management efforts are eligible, including architectural studies, plans and specifications, and building reuse feasibility studies. 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 local government’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.

The PIL application process will also serve as the application process for the federal Certified Local Government (CLG) grants for 2010. The RIHPHC will reserve about $50,000 will be available for these grants to CLGs (local governments whose municipal historic preservation program has been certified by the Commission) for the coming year.

Applications must be submitted to the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, The Old State House, 150 Benefit Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, no later than 4:00 p.m., July 17, 2009. Applicants should contact their local planning office well in advance of this deadline for needed signatures.

For further information about PIL grants, please contact Sarah Zurier at (401) 222-4142.