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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.

2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants
Grant applications and program information for the 2017 Historic Preservation Fund grant round are available via the link below. Preliminary applications may be submitted for review and comment through February 15, 2017. Final applications are due March 18, 2017. Please contact us at 785-272-8681 x240 or shpo@kshs.org with any questions.

2017 Historic Preservation Fund grant application and program information

2016 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2016 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 14 grant requests totaling $150,488. On April 30, 2016 the committee recommended and the Historic Sites Board of Review approve funding the following projects as they were proposed pending allocation of funding by the National Park Service for federal fiscal year 2016:

·         City of Topeka –Topeka Cemetery Intensive Historic Resources Survey - $15,000

·         City of Topeka – Auburndale Neighborhood Intensive Survey (Area #1) - $20,000

·         Kansas State University – National Register Evaluation of the Allen Site - $16,832

·         City of Hutchinson – Cost Comparison Tool & Consulting Services - $11,500

·         Douglas County –Intensive Survey of Lecompton Township - $11,000

·         Kansas Preservation Alliance – 2017 Kansas Preservation Conference Speaker - $3,000

·         City of Newton – Historic Driving Tour Brochure and Mobile Website - $11,000

·         City of Dodge City – Youth Preservation Summit - $1,675

·         City of Garden City – Preservation Plan - $35,000

The following grant applications were included in the evaluation by the committee and were also approved by the Board for funding utilizing excess funds from the 2015 HPF allocation. Each of these projects will use funds for scholarships to allow staff and /or volunteers to attend the 2016 National Alliance of Preservation Commissions bi-annual Forum conference in Mobile, Alabama:

·         City of Topeka - $6,207

·         Douglas County - $6,990

·         City of Newton- $4,920

·         City of Manhattan - $1,739

·         City of Garden City - $5,625

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

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