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Preservation in time of disaster

Historic properties

Documents and photographs

Historic properties damaged by natural disaster

Unfortunately, the Kansas Historical Society does not have an emergency grant fund. We do offer some financial incentives for properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places and/or Register of Historic Kansas Places that can assist in the restoration or rehabilitation of listed buildings affected by natural disasters.

The state rehabilitation tax credit program provides a 25 percent tax credit (30 percent for 501c3 non-profit organizations, the credits are transferable) on the cost of repairs. If the property is already listed, this program can be quickly utilized for repairs. The applicant must first contact the State Historic Preservation Office to have the scope of work approved, the work must meet the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and the project cost must be $5,000 dollars or more (after any insurance payments have been deducted).

The Heritage Trust Fund is a competitive grant program that provides 80/20 matching grants up to $90,000. These grants are awarded annually, and applications are due November 1 of each year.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the national non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, has a small emergency grant program. 

We also offer more links to potential funding sources.  

Documents and photographs

In the archives and library worlds disasters are a major issue. Planning, preparation, mitigation, and recovery are all keywords. Words we live by.

May Day disaster planning events by national state institutions are awareness efforts for public and private entities. Learn more about Kansas Cultural Heritage Emergency Resources Network at KCHERN, (formerly KDRAN from 1996 to 2006).

Find a list of vendors who can assist with recovery on national level, National Archives.

State and local government entities rely on the Kansas Division of Emergency Management in the Adjutant General's office for moderate to catastrophic disaster situations, and to help connect with other resources.

Find a number of others resources online through our Disaster Recovery links.