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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 archeological 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.

2019 Historic Preservation Fund grants

The 2019 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 11 grant requests totaling $158,150. On May 4, 2019, the committee recommended and the Historic Sites Board of Review approve funding the following projects as they were proposedThese projects must be complete before September 30, 2020.

2019 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Manhattan Aggieville Intensive Historic Resources Survey $29,500
City of Marion Survey of Downtown Marion   $9,750
City of Pittsburg Downtown Pittsburg Survey $16,000
City of Topeka Auburndale/Garlinghouse Big Reveal Workshop   $9,700
City of Topeka Mid-Century Modern Resources of Topeka 1940-1975 $17,000
City of Topeka Tennessee Town Intensive Survey Phase #2 $14,500
Douglas County Intensive Survey of Marion Township $10,900
Douglas County Multiple Property Document for Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Douglas County   $9,000
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of The Kansas Anthropologist, Volumes 39-41   $4,500
Lincoln County Lincoln County Courthouse Research & Assessment $13,300

2018 Historic Preservation Fund grants

The 2018 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 14 grant requests totaling $160,042. On May 5, 2018 the committee recommended and the Historic Sites Board of Review approve funding the following projects as they were proposed. These projects must be complete before September 30, 2019.

2018 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Abilene KHRI: Abilene Historic Homes Project   $5,489
City of Garden City Historic Preservation Training: NAPC National Forum   $5,941
City of Lawrence Barker Neighborhood Historic Resources Survey Phase I $15,900
City of Topeka Historic Garlinghouse Resources of Topeka KS 1910-1960 $20,000
City of Topeka NAPC Forum 2018   $5,911
City of Topeka Tennessee Town Intensive Historic Resources Survey Phase #1 $14,500
Clay Center Economic Development Survey of Downtown Clay Center $20,000
Douglas County Intensive Survey Willow Springs Township Douglas County KS $10,000
Douglas County NAPC Conference Attendance Support   $6,522
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of The Kansas Anthropologist   $4,500
Kansas State University Kanza NRHP Multiple Properties Nomination Project $18,115
Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation Lincoln County Intensive Survey of Historic Resources $21,408
Lucas Arts & Humanities Council Inc. Florence Deeble Rock Garden Condition Assessment & Restoration Plan Development   $6,100
Marysville Union Pacific Depot Historic Preservation Plan for Marysville UP Historic Depot   $5,656

Please contact us at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; or kshs.shpo@ks.gov; with any questions.

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
kshs.shpo@ks.gov