Historic preservation grants totaling more than $450,000 awarded

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Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation and Division of Archaeology awarded a total of $458,669 in Historic Preservation Fund grants for fiscal year 2021-2022 to support 14 projects, trainings, surveys and scholarships within various communities across the state. The grants include $358,245 in Survey and Planning grants, $54,432 toward four Certified Local Government (CLG) community projects, with an additional $45,992 dedicated to the CLG program to support trainings and scholarships.

“One of Louisiana’s greatest assets is our rich culture and heritage. The legacy created by those who came before us must be preserved or documented for present and future generations,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “While there are many reasons people visit all over Louisiana, those I speak with tell me consistently that a big draw for them is a culture that will Feed Your Soul. Preserving that culture and history needs to be a priority as it is a proven economic engine for Louisiana.”

The grant proposals are related to ongoing state and federally mandated programs and initiatives that are outlined in the Louisiana Comprehensive Plan entitled First You Make a Roux: Ingredients for Preservation Partnerships in Louisiana 2017 to 2025. The grants are made possible through the Division’s annual apportionment from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The grants are competitive and require a 50/50 match of non-federal money.

“We are excited to be able to fully fund every project this year. These projects will have a positive impact on the historic built environment in our communities by contributing to current and future planning decisions,” said Kristin Sanders, Assistant Secretary of the Office for Cultural Development.

Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended and signed into law on Sept. 28, 1976, the Historic Preservation Fund utilizes a portion of royalties paid by energy companies for the drilling of natural gas and oil on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.

For more information on the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants, click here.
For more information on the Certified Local Government program, click here.