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2020 Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant: Community Preservation Projects

Grants to Maine Qualified Governmental Agencies
for Projects to Conserve Historical Sites

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Maine Historic Preservation Commission (MHPC)

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04/01/20 - Postmark


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Grants to Maine qualified governmental agencies for projects to conserve historical sites. Funding is intended to support identification of sites, surveys, planning activities, evaluation, and educational programs for the public. Funding priorities for the current year include municipal or regional level planning for the effects of climate change on historic resources, preservation outreach through public events, social media or educational plans, or expand the Maine Historic Resources Inventory and make it more accessible.

Funding Priorities:

  1. Planning  
    1. Work with agencies, municipalities, community groups, and preservation partners to identify and document resources that are threatened by climate change. 
    2. Develop guidance to help municipalities plan for the effects of climate change on historic properties.
    3. Conduct surveys to identify and protect historic resources threatened by climate change.
  2. Education
    1. Hold workshops, lectures, and regional meetings related to preservation training, planning, or education.
    2. Develop traditional, digital, or social media outreach resources targeted to local communities about local or regional preservation activities.
    3. Develop educational lesson plans or resources for elementary, junior and high schools that connect local historic buildings and places to broader patterns of history.
  3. Expand the Maine Historic Resources Inventory and make it more accessible.
    1. Survey resources associated with under-represented themes in Maine history and prehistory.
    2. Survey resources in geographic and demographic areas currently under-represented.
    3. Revise old National Register nominations or create new nominations for resources associated with under-represented themes in Maine history and pre-history or for underrepresented geographic or demographic areas.
    4. Enter previously surveyed above ground resources into the CARMA system (web based access).

Eligible projects: 

  1. Survey and Planning
  2. Public Education
  3. National Register Listing
  4. Development (Including Archaeology and Pre-development)
More information about eligible projects can be found on page 3 of the Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.
Allowable Costs can be found starting at page 14 of the Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183309

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant award is normally $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Municipalities that have attained the designation of Certified Local Government by the Department of the Interior are eligible to apply for the minimum ten percent of Maine's annual HPF apportionment which is reserved exclusively for these communities. Municipalities may apply on behalf of nonprofit organizations within their community.

Unallowable Costs can be found starting at page 19 of the Guidelines, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

- March 15, 2020: Draft Applications due (optional)
- April 1, 2020: Final applications due (postmark)
- April 24, 2020: Review of projects by Commission
- May - June 2020: Contracts awarded; work begins (pending release of Federal Funds)
- October 15, 2020: First Interim Report due
- January 15, 2021: Second Interim Report due
- April 15, 2021: Third Interim Report due
- July 15, 2021: Fourth Interim Report due, if needed
- September 30, 2021: All projects completed; all billing completed; all final projects received by MHPC; all final reports received by MHPC.

Draft Review: Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of an optional review of draft applications. Commission staff will review all draft submissions for technical completeness and compliance with SOIS and will notify applicants of any errors and/or omissions. The last day to submit an application for draft review is March 15, 2020.

Because applications must be complete before they can be considered for funding, applicants are urged to submit them at least two weeks before the deadline to allow time for providing any required additional information.

Projects will normally be funded on a 60 percent CLG, 40 percent non-Federal basis. Eligible match will be cash only unless approved otherwise by the Commission. For all other project types, eligible matching share can be cash (preferable, but not required), donated labor (volunteers), and in-kind services. In some cases, donated equipment or donated space, if a significant and essential component of the project, may be used as matching share. All CLG match must be from non-Federal sources, except for Community Development Block Grants. Expenditures will be reimbursed only if they are part of the contracted budget and: a) are in payment of an obligation incurred during the grant period; b) are necessary for the accomplishment of approved project objectives; c) conform to appropriate Federal cost principals (OMB Circulars A-87 and A-122) and State requirements; and d) are approved in advance by the Commission and the Department of the Interior as necessary.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail applications to:
Assistant Director
55 Capitol Street, SHS 65
Augusta, Maine 04333

Direct questions to:
Megan M. Rideout
Historic Preservation Coordinator, Review and Compliance, Certified Local Governments

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