An extraordinary system of cultural and historical resources.

Certified Local Government (CLG) Program

Learn More About the Certified Local Government Program in Idaho

A Closer Look

Wallace streetscape

Downtown Wallace, Idaho

Read more about how to become a CLG: 

CLG Program Handbook  

CLG Grants Manual

Current list of Certified Local Governments

Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are communities that have shown a commitment to historic preservation by adopting a local ordinance and creating a historic preservation commission.  The program is a dynamic partnership between local governments, the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and the National Park Service (NPS), to assist diverse communities in preserving their unique historic character. This program provides responsive technical assistance and small grants to local governments seeking to preserve for future generations what is important from their past.

The CLG Program responds directly to the needs of many different kinds of local communities and links them to the national historic preservation program established by the National Historic Preservation Act. In recent years, the Idaho SHPO has distributed about $70,000 annually to city and county programs through the CLG grant program. Over 30 communities are participating in the program.

How can my community become a CLG?

Cities, Counties and Tribes interested in becoming a CLG should call (208) 488-7471 or e-mail.

How can we apply for CLG grant funds?

Only CLGs are eligible to apply for this pool of federal Historic Preservation Funds. Existing CLGs interested in annual grants should download the CLG Grants Manual for application instructions and regulations.  Applications are due in September. Qualifying grant projects include: identification and survey of historic properties, nominating properties to the National Register of Historic Places, publications, training, educational workshops and meetings, etc.