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Cemetery Inventory Grants Available

Grant funds are now for municipal, private, and local cemeteries. These grants help cemeteries digitize their sexton records and make them available online. Using these grants, cemeteries can create a database and map of their cemetery and burials. The data will be available online on the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database. This database is one of the state’s most popular online services, receiving 100,000+ hits per month. See our grants page or call Amy Barry at 801-245-7247 for more information.

National Trust Grants for Preservation Projects

National Trust Preservation Funds are designed to encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects focused on preservation planning or education efforts. Support is offered for obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archeology, engineering, preservation planning and fundraising. Grant funds may also be used to support preservation education activities.

The Utah Preservation Initiatives Fund, through a grant from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and gifts from private donor, provides small matching grants for planning, education and consulting services to assist historic preservation projects across the state. Grant amounts may range from $500 to $10,000 and require a one-to-one cash match.

The Hart Family Fund for Small Towns is intended to assist small town preservation and revitalization initiatives around the country. The fund is available for project in towns withpopulations of 5,000 or less. Eligible projects include rehabilitation feasibility studies, structural investigations, education programs and workshops. Grants range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Nonprofit organizations with current 501(c)3 status, as well as local governments, may apply. Eligible projects include rehabilitation feasibility studies, structural investigations, education programs and workshops.

Application deadlines are February 1, June 1 and October 1 each year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the National Trust to discuss projects in advance of applying. For more information and applications, contact the National Trust’s Mountains/Plains Office in Denver at 303/623-1504.

Grants for Smaller Institutions Available

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offering Preservation Assistance Grants of up to $6,000 to help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their humanities collections, including special collections of books and journals, archives and manuscripts, prints and photographs, moving images, sound recordings, architectural and cartographic records, decorative and fine arts, textiles, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, furniture, and historical objects.

The grants do not require a match. Institutions such as libraries, museums, historical societies, archival repositories, arts and cultural organizations, and town and county records offices are encouraged to apply. See for more information.

Funding for Historical Projects

Black and white photograph of the old Bountiful State Bank in Bountiful, Utah

Bountiful State Bank

We believe in assisting the public, researchers, contractors, and professionals in keeping history alive and well in the state of Utah.

We offer funding assistance through grants, and information on other funding sources to help you complete your preservation projects.

  • Financial assistance for historic preservation
    State History offers grants for Certified Local Governments (CLGs), assistance with federal and state tax credits, and information on multiple other loans, grants, and funding sources for historic preservation projects.
  • Cemetery grants
    State History offers grants to help cemeteries digitize their records for private and public use, and for inclusion on the statewide Cemeteries and Burials Database.
  • Oral History
    Oral History Grants are awarded for the collection and transcription of oral histories in Utah. Transcripts and recordings are deposited at the Utah State Historical Society Library and other deposition sites (such as local libraries), and the content of the collected oral histories is made available to the general public through a live public program. Funding is made possible through the Utah Division of State History and the Utah Humanities. Contact Utah Humanities to apply.
  • Other Funding Sources State History can help you understand and connect to multiple funding sources for:
    • Preservation Community
    • Development
    • Culture Development
    • Heritage Tourism and Business Development