New Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program is Now Open

The Montana Department of Commerce is now accepting applications for the Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program. The new grant program is designed to support the preservation of historical sites, societies, and museums in Montana.

Passed by the 2019 Montana Legislature and signed by Governor Steve Bullock, the Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program was created to help communities increase economic development, community revitalization and statewide tourism through added investment, job creation, business expansion, and local tax-base growth.

With awards of up to $500,000 for each eligible grant recipient, the funding will be used to improve historical sites, historical societies or history museums in Montana. These improvements may include infrastructure repair, building renovations, maintenance, building code issues, security enhancements, and fire protection.

Eligible applicants for the program include incorporated nonprofit organizations, incorporated cities or towns, associations, counties, and tribal governments.

Historic sites will be considered eligible if it is either a structure or site that is listed on a national, state or local historic registry, a structure or site that contributes to a historic district or a structure that is more than 50 years old with documented historical significance to a Montana community or region.

Grant recipients will be determined by the Montana Legislature during the 2021 legislative session.

Applications are due by February 28, 2020.

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