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Historic Preservation Fund

The Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administers the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to finance local preservation activities that will contribute to planning for the preservation of the built environment and archaeological resources. Up to 60 percent of the cost of eligible activities can be funded through this program. Through property identification and evaluation, communities may assess their historic properties and develop plans for their recognition and preservation.

HPF projects must result in a tangible product.  Eligible products include, but are not limited to:

  • preservation plans for communities or historic properties
  • surveys of cultural resources
  • National Register historic district nominations
  • design-review guidelines for historic districts
  • walking tour brochures, websites, or podcasts
  • educational presentations, conferences, or workshops

For additional project ideas and program requirements see the current HPF Products Manual or contact the SHPO. Any applicant seeking funding for a survey project must agree to the current HPF grant-funded survey requirements.

2015 Historic Preservation Fund
Applications for the 2015 Historic Preservation Fund grant round will be due March 20, 2015. Applications must be post-marked on or before that date if mailed, or applications may be hand-delivered by 4:30 p.m. on that date. SHPO staff will accept and review preliminary applications through February 15, 2015.  Applicants may mail one copy of their draft application or e-mail the draft application to the grants manager, Katrina Ringler, at kringler@kshs.org.
2015 Historic Preservation Fund application

2014 Historic Preservation Fund
Recommendations for 2014 HPF funding were approved by the Historic Sites Board of Review on May 3, 2014 at its regular, quarterly meeting. Below is a list of the approved projects and the award amounts:

  • City of Humboldt – Survey of Downtown Area - $5,000
  • City of Lawrence with Douglas County – FORUM-based Historic Preservation Education Project - $4,508
  • City of Newton – 2014 State Preservation Conference Scholarship - $665.00
  • City of Topeka – College Hill Neighborhood Survey - $12,000
  • City of Topeka – Downtown Historic Districts Nominations - $20,000
  • City of Wichita – Old City Hall Building Report – $18,900
  • City of Wichita – South Linwood Greenhouse Window Repair Bootcamp - $25,000
  • Douglas County – Intensive Survey of Eudora and Kanwaka Townships - $7,200
  • Kansas State University – Phase 3 Evaluation of the Dreiling Site and Multiple Property Nomination for Wildcat Creek Valley Archeological Sites in Riley County, KS - $15,007

The following two grant applications were evaluated, but were removed from consideration for the 2014 HPF grant round at the request of the SHPO.  They will be funded utilizing excess funds from the 2013 HPF allocation.

  • City of Newton – NAPC Forum scholarship - $2,000
  • Kansas Preservation Alliance – 2014 Preservation Conference - $10,000


For more information on the program or to request an application via mail, please contact:

Grants Manager
Cultural Resources
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
785-272-8681, ext. 240