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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.

2018 Historic Preservation Fund grants
Grant applications and program information for the 2018 Historic Preservation Fund grant round will be available in the late autumn of 2017. Please contact us at 785-272-8681 x240 or shpo@kshs.org with any questions.

2017 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2017 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 8 grant requests totaling $113,407. On May 13, 2017 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 2017:

·      Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas – Elevating Quindaro: The Application for National Historic Landmark Status -- $20,000

·       City of Manhattan – Sunset Area Intensive Historic Resources Survey and PSIQ -- $14,700

·       City of Topeka – Auburndale Neighborhood Intensive Historic Resources Survey, Area #2 -- $16,000

·       City of Topeka – Collins Park Intensive Historic Resources Survey -- $17,000

·       City of Arkansas City – Resurvey of Downtown Commercial Historic District -- $13,000

·       Greenwood Preservation Society – Eureka’s Central Business District Survey -- $14,500

·       Douglas County – Tombstones on the Kansas Prairie: A Cemetery Conservation Workshop -- $12,207.12

·       City of Topeka – Country Club Addition Intensive Historic Resources Survey -- $6,000    

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
cultural_resources@kshs.org