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More than $37 million has been awarded to 300 projects through the Community Heritage Preservation Grant program since its inception in 2001. Funding was not made available for a 2017 grant round. The Community Heritage Preservation Grant program provides funds to help preserve, restore, rehabilitate, and interpret historic courthouses and schools. In Certified Local Government communities grant funds may also be used for projects involving historic buildings other than courthouses or schools. All buildings must have been designated Mississippi Landmarks prior to application to be eligible for the grants.

Only county or municipal governments, school districts, and nonprofit organizations granted Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the IRS may submit applications. Those applications shall be in accordance with the provisions of grant procedures, criteria, and standards developed and publicized by MDAH. After evaluation by department staff, all complete applications will be presented to the MDAH Board of Trustees at a special meeting in December.

The grant awards are paid to the grantee on a reimbursable basis upon the successful completion of the entire project. Applicants receiving grant awards should be prepared to cover all project costs before receiving reimbursements. A cash match of at least 20 percent must be provided.

The program is funded by bond bills passed by the State Legislature, and must be renewed each year.

For more information call 601-576-6940