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Kansas Rural Preservation

This program is not active currently. The program was funded by a grant from the National Park Service in 2020. The Kansas Historical Society hopes to apply for more funding in coming years. 

The Kansas Rural Preservation program provided grants to owners of historic properties in rural Kansas communities. This sub-grant program was funded in 2020 through a $500,000 grant to the Kansas Historical Society from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program, administered by the National Park Service.

If you would like to learn more about this grant opportunity, please refer to our program basics handout. More detailed information can be found in the Program Information. 

2021 Grant Round Information
The 2021 Kansas Rural Preservation grant committee reviewed 62 grant requests totaling over $2.5 million. On May 8, 2021, the committee recommended and the State Historic Preservation Officer approved funding the following projects pending approval from the National Park Service. The award for these 15 projects totals $499,645. 

2021 Kansas Rural Preservation Grants

County Project Grant Amount
Allen Kress Building $12,429
Atchison Atchison County Courthouse $  9,450
Dickinson Perring Building $50,000
Douglas Elmwood Stock Farm Barn $33,448
Douglas Thomas S McQuillan Farmstead $45,000
Gray Cimarron Hotel $50,000
Leavenworth Little Stranger Christian Church and Cemetery $10,863
Lincoln Behrhorst Brothers Hardware $36,000
Marshall Historic Frankfort School $50,000
Marshall Post Office Block Building $38,700
McPherson Hans Hanson House & Cabin $15,000
Miami New Lancaster Grange Hall      $22,230
Montgomery Condon National Bank $50,000
Stafford Gray Photography Studio $50,000
Sumner 120 S. Washington $26,525


Grant Workshop

SHPO staff members offered a workshop specific to this program on December 17, 2020. They discussed the application process, approaches to writing the application, and answered questions about the program. A recording of the workshop is below.


Contact Katrina Ringler, SHPO grants manager, at 785-272-8681, ext. 215; katrina.ringler@ks.gov; to inquire about the sub-grant or to be placed on a notification list for further details.

Kansas was among eight recipients to receive the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants this year. A total of $4.8 million was awarded in 2020 to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across America. Congress appropriates funding for various programs, including the Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grant, through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to assist preservation projects in all states, territories, and many tribal lands. For more information about the Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grant, find more at go.nps.gov/revitalization.

The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of race creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability in admission to, access to, or operations of its programs, services or activities.