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We have grants for your heritage project!

Oregon Heritage offers a variety of grant programs for heritage projects from historic building preservation to oral history projects and more.

Check out the details for each program below to assist with heritage related projects.

Heritage Grants & COVID-19

If you are currently in a grant agreement with a spring deadline and you have complications due to COVID-19, extensions and changes in scope of work are available. Contact Kuri Gill, 503-986-0685.

Grant Programs

Diamonds in the Rough grants are to restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. The purpose is to return them to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic designation (local or national). These grants are part of the SHPO's Preserving Oregon Grant Program. Grants may be awarded up to $20,000. These grants are funded in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Deadline: The 2020 Grant cycle was canceled due to budget restraints related to COVID-19. We hope to offer this program in 2021, please use the 2020 guidelines as a reference until a new grant cycle opens.

OPRD Grants Online System

2019 Diamonds in the Rough Grant awards

Historic Cemetery Grants provide funding in the following categories: Protection and Security, Restoration and Preservation, Education and Training, Research and Interpretation in support of cemeteries listed with the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.

2020 Grants have been awarded. Please use the 2020 guidelines to plan for next year. Applications will open late January 2021.
Deadline: TBA spring 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

OPRD Grants Online System
2020 Historic Cemeteries Grant Awards
Check our Heritage Bulletins for project advice.

The Oregon Heritage Grant provides matching grants to non-profit organizations, federal recognized tribal governments, universities and local governments for projects that conserve, develop or interpret Oregon’s heritage.

Application Deadline: October 1, 2019
(only awarded once per biennium)
The next grant cycle will begin in late August 2021.

OPRD Grants Online System

Project planning and grant writing resources

2019 Heritage Grant Awards

The Oregon Museum Grant supports Oregon, public and nonprofit, museums in projects for the collection and management of heritage collections, for heritage-related tourism, and heritage education and interpretations.

The 2020 grant cycle has closed. Please use the 2020 guidelines to plan for the 2021 cycle. Applications will open in late January.

Deadline: TBA spring 2021 (11:59 p.m.)

2020 Museum Grant Information
2020 Museum Grant Guidelines - Please read these before preparing an application.
2020 Museum Grant Online Instructions - Please read these before using the OPRD Grants Online system.

OPRD Grants Online System

Project planning and grant writing resources

2020 Oregon Museum Grant Awards

The Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant supports downtown revitalization efforts in communities participating in the Oregon Main Street Network. Only organizations participating in the Oregon Main Street Network are eligible to apply.

The purpose of the program is to;

  • Acquire, rehabilitate, and construct buildings on properties in designated downtown areas statewide; and
  • Facilitate community revitalization that will lead to private investment, job creation or retention, establishing or expanding viable businesses, or creating a stronger tax base.

Applications Open: TBA, winter 2021
Deadline: TBA Spring 2021

Please use the Oregon Main Street Revitalization Grant guidelines to plan your application.

Past Results

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) offers matching grants for rehabilitation work that supports the preservation of historic resources listed in the National Register of Historic Places or for significant work contributing toward identifying, preserving and/or interpreting archaeological sites.
 
Letter of Intent to apply is REQUIRED.

Letter of Intent Deadline: TBA Spring, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
A pre-application work description submission is required. If you are interested in applying, submit the description by creating an application on the OPRD GrantsOnline System.

Once you have submitted a letter of intent, you may be contacted to discuss the project and to perhaps schedule a site visit. Once the letter is approved, you will be able to work on the application in the same online program.

Application Deadline: TBA Spring, 2021 (11:59 p.m.)
The 2020 Grant cycle was canceled due to budget restraints related to COVID-19. We hope to offer this program in 2021, please use the 2020 guidelines as a reference until a new grant cycle opens.

OPRD Grants Online System
2019 Preserving Oregon Grant awards

The Veterans’ and War Memorials Grant Program provides funding assistance to local governments for the construction and restoration of veterans’ and war memorials. 

Application Open: Winter 2020
Deadline: TBA Spring 2020

Applications must be submitted through the OPRD GrantsOnline System.

OPRD Grants Online System

Veterans & War Memorials Grant committee meeting
March 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
725 Summer St NE, 97301 Salem, Room 124A
Call-in 1-877-402-9757, Access Code 4605348
Agenda

2019 Veterans and War Memorials Grant Awards

The Certified Local Government (CLG) program offers matching grants to cities and counties that have been "certified" as historic preservation partners with both the state and the federal governments.  These grants can be used for preservation projects, including National Register nominations, historic resource surveys, preservation education, preservation code development, building restoration, and preservation planning.

Application Deadline: Submitted February 28, 2020
 
Your local government must be a CLG to apply.

  • CLG program information   
  • 2019 CLG Grant Guidelines
  • 2020 CLG Grant Guidelines
2019 CLG Grant Awards

Elisabeth Walton Potter Scholarship - get funding to attend a conference or training.

Oregon Heritage Fellowship - get funding to research Oregon history.

OREGON HISTORIC THEATER GRANT

This grants supports large scale projects to preserve and enhance historic theater buildings in rural communities. It is funded with the new National Park Service Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program through a grant award to the State Historic Preservation Office. Restore Oregon, our statewide preservation nonprofit, is partnering with us to support theaters in the application process. Awards will range from $15,000-$100,000.
 
Application Deadline: April 15, 2020 (11:59p.m.)
 
-> Historic Theater Grant Guidelines - Please read these before preparing an application.
-> Historic Theater Online Grant Instructions - Please read these before using the OPRD Grants Online system.
-> Historic Theater Development Project Coversheet - Required for the application.
-> Historic Theater Preservation Covenant - Required if awarded
-> Historic Resource Record Form for Theaters - Required if property is not listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Contact
Kuri Gill
Grants and Outreach Coordinator
Phone: (503) 986-0685

Grant Process Instructions and Guidance

See the specifc grant program for using the online grant system to apply.
Sample Finance Page

See the specific grant program manual for requirements and timelines.
OPRD Grants Online Reporting and Reimbursement Instructions
This completed form is required with the final grant report of all programs.

General Grant Writing and Management
Grant Writing Tips
Grant Success Workshop
This workshop covers project planning, writing tips and instructions for the online application system. Skip to minute 3:30 to start with project planning. Skips to minute 20:09 for grant writing tips. Skip to minute 37:30 for online application instructions.

Comment on Federally Funded Grants

The following cities, counties or organizations have a received a grant for projects listed through the federal Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the State Historic Preservation Office.

This page serves to make the public aware of the project and solicit comments pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. The comment period is open for 30 days from the date listed for each project below. To provde comments or learn more about the projects contact Kuri Gill, 503-986-0685.

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes a program of federal matching grants, known as the Historic Preservation Fund, to assist the various states in carrying out historic preservation activities. The program is sponsored by the US Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and in Oregon, is administered through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office.

Benton Couty - Dated July 30, 2020
31615 Fern Road - Independent Schoolhouse
Improve ADA access at schoolhouse.

27555 Greenberry Road - Willamette Grange
Repair portico and siding.


Contacts

All grants programs, general questions and technical assistance

Kuri Gill
(503) 986-0685
kuri.gill@oregon.gov

Resources
OPRD Recreation Grants Programs

Michele Scalise
Grants & Community Programs
(503) 986-0705
michele.scalise@oregon.gov

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