Other Opportunities

American Battlefield Protection Program Partnership Grants

Federal Agency: National Park Service
Recipients: Federal, tribal, state, and local governments; private-sector organizations

The American Battlefield Protection Program funds grants to assist in planning for, studying, and interpreting historic battlefields. Most recipients in this program contribute matching funds or in-kind services.

Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup Grants
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Recipients: States; local governments; Indian tribes

To assist in the redevelopment of brownfields—abandoned, idled or under-used property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by contamination—the Environmental Protection Agency can provide grants to assist in the assessment and clean-up of such sites, including capitalizing of revolving loan funds for clean-up. Historic industrial sites may be brownfields.

Community Facilities Loans and Grants
Federal Agency: Rural Housing Service
Recipients: Local governments; Indian tribes; nonprofit organizations

These grant and loan funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas, including improvement and enlargement of existing facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services.

Farm Ownership Loans
Federal Agency: Farm Service Agency
Recipients: Farmers

Direct Farm Ownership Loans aid farmers in purchasing, repairing, or constructing buildings and other fixtures. These loans can also be used to purchase farmland, and promote soil and water conservation.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) helps struggling neighborhoods convert into healthy and sustainable communities. They offer loans and grants, along with policy support, and technical and managerial assistance to facilitate development projects, including historic preservation.  Currently, there are two LISC offices in Minnesota: (1) Twin Cities LISC; and, (2) Duluth LISC.

(!) TIP—Interested in starting one of these programs in your community?? When designing any of these programs in your community, make sure to include provisions for adherence to local historic and infill design guidelines.  If local design guidelines are not in place, use those developed by neighboring communities or obtain model design guidelines from the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office.  Design guidelines will ensure that your community receives a quality project, and a rehabilitated historic building, for the investment.

Major Capital Investment Grants
Federal Agency: Federal Transit Administration
Recipients: States; municipalities other political subdivisions of States; public agencies and municipalities of one or more States; certain public corporations, boards, and commissions established under State law

Formula and project grants can assist in financing the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, and improvement of historic mass public transportation facilities.

National Center for Preservation, Technology, and Training Grants

The National Center for Preservation, Technology, and Training (NCPTT), a National Park Service organization, offers competitive matching grants for preservation research, information management, and training projects.

National Heritage Areas Grants
Federal Agency: National Park Service
Recipients: Congressionally designated National Heritage Areas

Heritage area designation recognizes the distinct history and geography of a region and the desire of residents to collaborate in preserving their cultural and natural resources and capitalizing on them to promote economic development, particularly through heritage tourism.

Each heritage area has a local management entity which works regionally to promote and coordinate historic preservation, heritage tourism, economic development, recreation, and public education initiatives.

As directed by Congress, the National Park Service (NPS) provides technical assistance and matching grant funds for the development and implementation of a management plan for each designated area. Such grants are funded through the Heritage Partnership Program in the NPS National Recreation and Preservation account.

National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Grants

Federal Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Recipients: State Departments of Transportation

As part of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, the Federal Highway Administration undertakes research and disseminates information on the history and preservation needs of historic covered bridges. The program also includes a grant component, whereby States can apply for grants to preserve and rehabilitate these historic properties.

National Scenic Byways Grants

Federal Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Recipients: State Departments of Transportation

The National Scenic Byways Program provides technical and financial assistance to help preserve America’s scenic roads and promote tourism and economic development. FHWA administers the program and designates roads as National Scenic Byways and All-America Roads, the best of the National Scenic Byways.

National Scenic Byways may be recognized not only for their intrinsic natural, scenic, and recreational qualities, but also for their historic, cultural, and archeological resources. Grants are available to assist States in implementing projects on National Scenic Byways and developing State scenic byways programs. Projects that protect historic resources are eligible for grant funding.

National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC)

The National Trust Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC), the National Trust’s for-profit subsidiary, offers several vehicles for historic real estate equity investment, including the National Trust Community Investment Funds, the National Trust Small Deal Fund, the Historic Theatre Financing Fund, and the New Markets Tax Credit Initiative.

National Trust Loan Funds

The National Trust Loan Funds (NTLF) consists of two preservation revolving funds: the Inner-City Ventures Fund (ICVF) and the National Preservation Loan Fund (NPLF). The ICVF provides financial assistance to organizations that serve low and moderate income households or provide economic benefit in low and moderate income communities. The NPLF provides funding for a variety of preservation projects, such as establishing or expanding local and statewide preservation revolving funds, acquiring or rehabilitating historic buildings, sites, structures and districts, and preserving National Historic Landmarks.

Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) Grants

Federal Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Recipients: Local rural non-profits; community development corporations; State housing finance agencies; State community and/or economic development agencies; and Indian tribes.

RHED grants support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas. Among the activities eligible for funding are: preparation of plans and architectural drawings; acquisition of land and buildings; provision of infrastructure; purchase of materials; construction; application of innovative construction methods; provision of financial assistance to homeowners, businesses, and developers; and the establishment of revolving loan funds.

Transportation Enhancements Funding
Federal Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Recipients: State Transportation Departments

Ten percent of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds are set aside to fund transportation enhancement projects in 12 categories. This has opened up a huge new source of funding for preservation, since these categories include purchase of easements on historic properties, rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscaping in historic areas, archeological planning and research, and scenic or historic highway programs. Projects must relate to surface transportation.

Transportation enhancements funding is administered by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Within the basic framework of the program, each State decides how it will (or will not) use that funding, and States do not have to spend the transportation enhancement dollars available to them.


Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Administered Funds

Small Cities Development Grant Program
This grant program assists smaller cities (fewer than 50,000 residents) and counties (fewer than 200,000 residents) in Minnesota with funding for housing, infrastructure and commercial rehabilitation projects that benefit people of low and moderate incomes. Grants can be used for housing, public facilities, and comprehensive projects.  Small Cities Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis dependent on available State funding.

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