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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.

2020 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2020 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 14 grant requests totaling $186,448. On June 23, 2020, the committee recommended and the State Historic Preservation Officer approved funding the following projects as they were proposedThese projects must be complete before September 30, 2021.

2020 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Arkansas City Downtown Arkansas City Walking Tour Brochure and Mobile App $11,000
City of Lawrence Barker Neighborhood Survey Phase 2 $32,100
City of Lawrence Old West Lawrence National Register Nomination Update $17,010
City of Newton 2020 Disaster Plan $12,400
City of Pittsburg Downtown Pittsburg Walking tour   $4,500
City of Topeka Country Club Addition National Register Historic District Nomination $15,000
City of Topeka West Hills Neighborhood Intensive Historic Resources Survey $18,500
Douglas County Government Intensive Survey Clinton Township Douglas County $11,000
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of The Kansas Anthropologist, Volumes 42 $4,500
Marshall County Historical Society Marshall County Courthouse Structure Report $27,492

 

2019 Historic Preservation Fund grants
The 2019 Historic Preservation Grant committee reviewed 11 grant requests totaling $158,150. On May 4, 2019, the committee recommended and the Historic Sites Board of Review approve funding the following projects as they were proposedThese projects must be complete before September 30, 2020.

2019 Historic Preservation Grants
Applicant Project Grant Amount
City of Manhattan Aggieville Intensive Historic Resources Survey $29,500
City of Marion Survey of Downtown Marion   $9,750
City of Pittsburg Downtown Pittsburg Survey $16,000
City of Topeka Auburndale/Garlinghouse Big Reveal Workshop   $9,700
City of Topeka Mid-Century Modern Resources of Topeka 1940-1975 $17,000
City of Topeka Tennessee Town Intensive Survey Phase #2 $14,500
Douglas County Intensive Survey of Marion Township $10,900
Douglas County Multiple Property Document for Historic Agriculture-Related Resources of Douglas County   $9,000
Kansas Anthropological Association Production of The Kansas Anthropologist, Volumes 39-41   $4,500
Lincoln County Lincoln County Courthouse Research & Assessment $13,300

 

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

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