Federal Grants

Information about the 2023 HPF pass-through grants cycle:

The State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is now accepting applications for FY 2023 federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) pass-through grants, which are available to Certified Local Governments (CLGs). Eligible projects include architectural and archaeological surveys, nominations of eligible districts and properties to the National Register of Historic Places, survey publication manuscripts, local preservation design standards and preservation plans, educational programs (including archaeological), and restoration of National Register-listed properties. Funds for restoration are not available to privately-owned buildings. Eligible applicants are local governments and local historic preservation commissions as well as nonprofit organizations and educational institutions within the jurisdiction of a CLG.

Please note that before preparing and submitting an application, applicants must contact HPO staff to discuss the scope of work and budget of their potential project along with the grant standards and requirements. HPO staff contacts are listed in the attached instructions.

An estimated total of $120,000 to $130,000 statewide may be available for projects in CLG municipalities and counties, in accordance with federal requirements. A list of CLGs can be found online. Unfortunately, funds for non-CLG projects are not available through this program.

Grant awards, which normally cover up to sixty per cent of total project costs, generally range from $1,000 to $20,000 and are available on a reimbursement basis. Local matching funds should try to cover at least forty per cent (40%) of the total project costs. Grant projects will be selected for funding on a competitive basis. Please do not hesitate to contact the grants coordinator if you have a project in mind but may not have a forty percent match available.

Applications must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 14, 2023. Nonprofits and educational institutions submitting an application through a CLG should submit their proposed application to the CLG before the end of February of 2023. See the Instructions for Completing the 2023 Application for more details.

Based on federal appropriation timing, we expect to announce awards in June of 2023. Projects should be underway by the fall of 2023. All projects should be completed by September 30, 2024.

Please read the cover memo for important information about this grant cycle.

Cover memo to CLGs about 2023 HPF grants from Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer
Application form for 2023 (PDF)
Application form for 2023 (MS Word)
Instructions for Completing the 2023 Application
List of Certified Local Governments (CLGs) in North Carolina as of December 31, 2022
State Preservation Plan Goals and Objectives

For more information, contact Michele Patterson McCabe, grants coordinator, michele.patterson.mccabe@ncdcr.gov, 919-814-6582



FY2022 Historic Preservation Fund Certified Local Government Grant Awards for North Carolina
County Certified Local Government Project Final Grant Award
Buncombe Historic Resources Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County National Alliance for Preservation Commissions (NAPC) CAMP Training for Western Region $9,000
Cumberland City of Fayetteville Architectural Survey for the Broadell Community $24,000
Davidson City of Lexington Archaeological Survey of African American Section of Lexington City Cemetery $6,000
Durham City of Durham Fitzgerald, Henderson, Hebrew, Maplewood Cemeteries National Register Nomination (official name to be determined) and Ground Penetrating Radar Survey of Fitzgerald Cemetery $24,000
Forsyth Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission/City of Winston-Salem The Unmarked Initiative Cemetery Digitizing Project $6,825
Haywood Town of Waynesville Preservation Plan for Waynesville's Historic Commercial Districts $10,000
Mecklenburg Town of Davidson Sloan House Conditions Assessment & Building Use Study $15,000
Rowan City of Salisbury Architectural Survey Update $24,900
TOTAL     $119,725