Certified Local Government Program in Idaho

City of Pocatello streetscape
City of Pocatello, designated a CLG in 1985

Certified Local Governments (CLGs) are communities that show 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. Communities use the grants to preserve their historic resources for future generations. The CLG program also provides 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. These grants are used many different kinds 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 about $76,000 annually to CLGs.
Idaho currently has 37 communities who participate in the program.