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Historic Preservation Fund

The Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) administers the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) to finance local preservation activities that will contribute to planning for the preservation of the built environment and archeological resources. Up to 60 percent of the cost of eligible activities can be funded through this program. Through property identification and evaluation, communities may assess their historic properties and develop plans for their recognition and preservation.

HPF projects must result in a tangible product.  Eligible products include, but are not limited to:

  • preservation plans for communities or historic properties
  • surveys of cultural resources
  • National Register historic district nominations
  • design-review guidelines for historic districts
  • walking tour brochures, websites, or podcasts
  • educational presentations, conferences, or workshops

For additional project ideas and program requirements see the current HPF Products Manual or contact the SHPO. Any applicant seeking funding for a survey project must agree to the current HPF grant-funded survey requirements.

2022 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2022 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 9 grant requests totaling $139,134. On May 14, 2022, the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review approved funding for the following projects pending availability of funds from the National Park Service. The award for these 8 projects totals $130,660. These projects are scheduled for completion before September 30, 2023.

2022 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Hutchinson (CLG) Memorial Hall Preservation Plan $25,000
City of Pittsburg Off Broadway Architectural Survey $16,000
City of Topeka (CLG) African American Historic Resources Multiple Property Document  $25,000
Douglas County Douglas County Preservation Conference $  8,160
Douglas County Baldwin City Downtown Survey $  9,500
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of the Kansas Anthropologist Volume 44  $  4,500
The Other Roads Consulting, Inc. Tennessee Town Neighborhood Tour (Topeka) $  9,500
Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, KS Community Preservation Plan $33,000

2021 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2021 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 12 grant requests totaling $229,572. On May 8, 2021, the committee recommended and the State Historic Preservation Officer approved funding the following projects pending availability of funds from the National Park Service. The award for these 10 projects totals $185,572. All these projects must be complete before September 30, 2022.

2021 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Lincoln ADA Improvements Plan for City Hall  $17,500
City of Newton Children’s Historic Places Curriculum  $  5,822
City of Topeka Survey of Topeka’s Old Town Neighborhood  $16,500
Douglas County Douglas County Rural Preservation Plan $20,000
Douglas County National Register Nomination Support for Rural Properties  $30,000
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of the Kansas Anthropologist Volume 43  $  4,500
Kansas National Guard Hiawatha National Guard Armory Preservation Project  $39,000
Kansas State University Survey of Post-War Modernist Architecture in Manhattan KS  $21,750
Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, KS Nomination for a Downtown KCK Historic Commercial District $12,500
Wyandotte County/ Kansas City, KS Nomination for an Historic Churches Multiple Listings Designation $18,000

 

For more information on the program or to request an application via mail, please contact 785-272-8681, ext. 240; or kshs.shpo@ks.gov.

Cultural Resources
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
785-272-8681, ext. 240
kshs.shpo@ks.gov