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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.

FY2023 Grants

The Idaho State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting Certified Local Government (CLG) Grant applications for FY2023! We expect federal funds available for FY2023 will remain level, which means we anticipate a total of approximately $85,000 to be available for CLG Grants. This represents 10% of the total funds available to Idaho for historic preservation from the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior.

As a reminder, the Idaho Certified Local Government Grants are reviewed on a competitive basis, so it is important that CLGs carefully plan out their proposed projects and submit a strong application. Please refer to the CLG Grant Manual for more details on how the CLG Grant applications will be scored by SHPO.

For FY2023, the Idaho CLG Grant program will prioritize funding projects in the following areas:

  • Surveys and National Register Nominations, especially those related to Idaho’s post-war and mid-century history;
  • Developing or updating a local historic preservation plan;
  • Projects related to underrepresented communities; and
  • Training for preservation commission members, city/county staff, and elected officials.

Certified Local Governments wishing to apply for funds should download the FY2023 Call for Applications and the FY2023 CLG Grant Application form.

Completed applications must be received by the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office by the end of business on December 31, 2022.

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