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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 archaeological 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.

2016 Historic Preservation Fund
Applications for the 2016 Historic Preservation Fund grant round will be available in November 2015. Check back for further information on the 2016 HPF grant round. 

2015 Historic Preservation Fund
Recommendations for 2015 HPF funding were approved by the Historic Sites Board of Review on May 9, 2015 at its regular, quarterly meeting. Below is a list of the approved projects and the award amounts:

  • Douglas County KS – Historic Intensive Surveys of Grant and Palmyra Townships -- $8,400
  • City of Topeka – College Hill Neighborhood Intensive Level Historical Survey, Areas #3 and #4 -- $20,000
  • City of Topeka – Design Guidelines for Two Downtown Topeka Historic Districts -- $20,000
  • Kansas State University – Phase III National Register of Historic Places Evaluation of the Same Kimble Site (14RY201):  A Wildcat Creek Valley Archaeological Site, Riley County, KS -- $15,664
  • Downtown Shareholders of Kansas City, Kansas Inc. – Downtown Kansas City, Kansas Historic Resources Survey and Rehabilitation Survey -- $14,150
  • City of Lawrence – Oak Hill Cemetery Survey, National Register Nomination, and Teaching with Historic Places Program -- $31,960
  • City of Olathe, KS – Olathe Cemetery Survey and National Register Historic District Nomination -- $18,000

For more information on the program or to request an application via mail, please contact:

Grants Manager
Cultural Resources
Kansas Historical Society
6425 SW 6th Avenue
Topeka KS 66615-1099
785-272-8681, ext. 240
cultural_resources@kshs.org