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Grants for Certified Local Governments


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CLG Grants assist local governments in documenting and preserving historic buildings and archaeological sites.

The grants, which consist of federal and state funds, require a 50/50 match of local funds or donated services.

Who can apply

Only Certified Local Governments—cities and counties that have been “certified” as eligible by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and National Park Service—can receive these grants. Utah currently has 96 CLGs.

A CLG may have only one active grant at a time.

The grant cycle

Applications are due by the second Friday in February each year. Grant recipients will receive notification by the end of March. The 16-month grant cycle runs from April 1 to August 31 of the following year. Recipients should complete their projects by August 31.

Projects that can be funded

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • Rehabilitating National Register properties.
  • Conducting architectural and archaeological surveys
  • Nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places
  • Preparing feasibility studies and working drawings for property improvements
  • Printing walking tour brochures, developing websites, apps, and social media focused on historic properties

Grant size

Grant amounts are limited to a maximum $10,000.  However most grants are in the $3,000 to $6,000 range; it all depends upon the local government’s ability to match the grant. If the proposed activities are eligible, it is almost certain they will receive funding.

Local government responsibility

Local governments must match the grant amount on a 50/50 basis with local funds, donations, and services. They must also maintain adequate financial and administrative records. This is usually done by volunteer members of the local historic preservation commission, though some local governments assign a paid employee to assist with the grant management.

Preservation Agreements

Preservation Agreements are required by the National Park Service for all projects using federal funds, including CLG grants.  A Preservation Agreement obligates the owner of an historic property which is improved with a CLG grant to maintain the property for a period of five years so as to preserve the historical significance and integrity of the features, materials, appearance, workmanship, and environment which made the property eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.  The Preservation Agreement must be signed by the owner of the historic property.

Grant Forms

CLG Grant Application PDF Word                                                                                                                                New!–Example Grant Application

Preservation Agreement PDF Word

Grant Reimbursement

Grant recipients will be reimbursed upon receipt of evidence that they have met agreed-upon program goals (or some part thereof) and have spent local match funds and/or donated services.

Grant Reimbursement Guidelines What you need to know to comply with grant requirements

Bid Sheet PDF Word                                                                                                                                                          Use when making a grant purchase of an item or service that costs over $1,000.

CLG Grant Mid-Year Report   PDF Word                                                                                                                    This progress report is to be filled out and submitted along with any reimbursement request to date. Please fill out the form and return it to our office by September 30.

Reimbursement Forms

Time & Expense Sheet PDF Word                                                                                                                            Each person involved in the program should complete this form by itemizing all donations and cash expenditures. Only expenses outlined in Scope of Work are eligible.

EZ Grant Reimbursement Request Form  PDF Word                                                                                              All of the Time & Expense sheets should be summarized on this form. This form, along with the individual Time & Expense sheets, invoices/receipts, and proof of payment must be submitted together for grant reimbursement.  It also doubles as the CLG Final Project Report. This is your opportunity to explain any discrepancies between what was planned and what was achieved.

New! — Example Time & Expense Sheet 

New! — Example EZ Grant Reimbursement Request Form


Interested in other grants for your community? Click HERE , HERE, and HERE.

For more information contact:

Alena Franco, 801-245-7233, afranco@utah.gov

Roger Roper, 801-245-7251, rroper@utah.gov