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Certified Local Government

Certified Local Government (CLG) communities are those that shown a commitment to historic preservation. They have done this 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). It assists local communities in preserving their unique historic character. The Certified Local Government program also provides technical assistance and small grants to local governments. Most importantly, communities use the grants to preserve their historic resources for future generations. The CLG program gives local communities a more active level of participation in the National Register of Historic Places program and a greater say in any federally funded projects in their area.

On of the biggest benefits of the program is the CLG Grant program. Communities use these grants for a wide range of projects: surveys, National Register nominations, tour flyers, historic preservation plans, and even some bricks-and-mortar projects. In recent years, the Idaho SHPO has distributed over $80,000 annually to CLGs. Because of the CLG program, over $2 million dollars have been injected directly into local communities since 1983.

Idaho currently has 40 communities who participate in the program.

FY2024 Grant Applications

The Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS), is pleased to announce that we are now accepting Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant applications for FY24! We expect federal funds available for FY24 will remain level, which means we expect a total of approximately $100,000 to be available for CLG Grants. This represents 10% of the total funds available to Idaho for historic preservation from the National Park Service (NPS) and the Department of the Interior.  FY24 Grant Applications are due January 31, 2024.  For more information about grants, please contact CLG Coordinator Maria Rachal

FY2023 Grants

This year, the SHPO was able to fund over $98,000 in historic preservation projects and efforts around the state. The following CLG have been awarded funds and will advance to GO and begin work on their projects in the coming year:

$10,000 to Ada County for a historic preservation plan
$10,000 to Canyon County for assessment and survey of the Snake River Canyon
$3,000 to City of Eagle for a survey of Downtown Eagle
$10,000 to Idaho City for a survey of historic Idaho City
$7,290 to Idaho County for a National Register Nomination for the Riggins School
$15,000 to City of Idaho Falls for a historic preservation plan
$4,500 to City of McCall for survey of McCall
$7,500 to City of Nampa – Municipal Government for establishing an overall district and design guidelines in Old Nampa
$15,000 to City of Pocatello for a historic preservation plan
$2,500 to Teton County Idaho for training for commissioners and staff
$10,000 to Twin Falls County for survey of the mining district in the Snake River Canyon
$3,500 to Washington County for the Sunnyside School National Register Nomination

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