CLG Annual Announcement

2014 Grant Availability

Funds are Available for Historic Preservation Projects in Your Community!
Now is the time to start thinking about 2014 projects. 

When is the Application Due?
NOTE: The due date is February 3, 2014. This is earlier than in recent years. 

What can I do with a CLG grant?
    • Develop or update design guidelines for your commission and property owners
    • Update your local historic preservation ordinance
    • Provide training for CLG program staff and/or commission members
    • Collaborate with other CLGs on common preservation issues
    • Conduct “how-to” workshops for home owners in your historic district and contractors
    • Create or revise the web site for your community’s historic preservation programs
    • Identify and record historic properties in your community
    • Develop a local context document to guide future survey and evaluation projects
    • Nominate an eligible property to the National Register of Historic Places or to your local landmarks register
    • Complete a feasibility study for a National Register-listed or eligible building to determine reuse possibilities
    • Develop drawings and specifications for rehabilitation of a National Register-listed property
    • Restore or rehabilitate a National Register-listed property in your community
    • Establish a re-grant program for properties in your National Register historic district

Who Can Apply?
The 57 Ohio communities participating in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program. Communities in the process of being certified may apply for a grant if they obtain CLG status by February 3, 2014, when grant applications are due.

How Much $ is Available?
We are forecasting that approximately $100,000 will be available.

How Do I Apply?
The CLG grant application and instructions are available on the OHPO website at

Copies can also be obtained by contacting OHPO at (614) 298-2000.

When Does the Project Have to be Completed?
The grant period for 2014 projects is May, 2014 through September 2015, approximately 18 months.

The State Historic Preservation Office has Identified the Following Funding Priorities for 2014:

    • Projects that involve and recognize the heritage of under-represented groups promoting the cultural diversity of Ohio.
    • Projects involving multiple CLGs working collaboratively or that involve innovative approaches that could apply to multiple communities.
    • Projects to develop or update local historic preservation planning documents or the implementation of the community’s historic preservation plan recommendations.
    • Community or neighborhood-based survey projects that promote sound preservation planning through the completion of systematic identification and evaluation of historic resources.
    • Projects to survey, nominate, or rehabilitate resources of the recent past, such as mid-20th century properties.
    • Projects that encourage local protection of historic properties through local designations.
    • Education projects with emphasis on green technology or innovative use of technology related to historic buildings.
    • Projects that address an immediate threat to a National Register of Historic Places-listed property

Your Proposal Should Address the Grant Selection Criteria:

I. Project Need [0-20 points]
The application explains how completion of the project fits into local and/or State historic preservation goals, explains a specific threat [physical, financial, other] that the project will address, or otherwise adequately justifies the need for the project.

II. Project Benefit [0-20 points]
The application clearly describes the project impact in the community, its relationship with other preservation activities and programs; explains how this will further the local and/or state historic preservation effort, and how the proposed project benefits and has a lasting impact on historic resources.

III. Project Methodology [0-40 points]
The project narrative contains the requisite activities, products or outcomes for achieving the goal and completing the project. A manageable work schedule is proposed including mandatory reviews at the local level and OHPO review periods. The project scope, as presented, complies with applicable Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation. The narrative calls for qualified in-house personnel or hired consultants to undertake project work. The budget is realistic. Educating the public, working with the local commission, and/or plans to publicize the project are included.

IV. Project Support [0-20 points]
Local support for the project has been expressed, the CLG is involved in project oversight (in the case of administration by a third party), or there is cash match for the grant.

V. Bonus Points: [0-10 points]
Ten (10) bonus points will be added to the score for those applications that effectively describe how the project scope addresses a state funding priority.  

Stay connected with OHPO for application forms and instructions, applicant assistance, program updates, filing tips, and grant rules:  Visit or (614) 298-2000.