Certified Local Government Grants


Probably the biggest benefit to becoming a Certified Local Government is gaining access to the CLG Grant program. By law, a certain percentage of the money that the SHPO receives from the National Park Service each year must get passed on the CLGs. These grants are only available to CLGs, and are used for a wide range of projects to help support the historic preservation efforts of communities across the state. The grants are competitive and require a 50/50 match from the community (matches can be in-kind and/or cash matches). The yearly grant funds are awarded based on merit, severity of need, and the community’s ability of meet the match requirements.

Details on the CLG Grant program, can be found in the CLG Grants Manual.

FY20 CLG Grants – Now Open!

The application period for the FY20 CLG Grants is now open!

FY20 CLG Grant Call For Applications
FY20 CLG Grant Application

The Idaho SHPO expects to have approximately $78,000 in available funds through the National Park Service for this year’s grants. The funds will be awarded to Idaho CLGs on a competitive basis. The Idaho SHPO’s funding priorities for the FY20 CLG Grants are the following:

  • Commission and Staff training, especially for commissioners/staff to attend the Idaho’s Heritage Conference and/or the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions’ FORUM;
  • Developing or updating a local historic preservation plan; and
  • Surveys and National Register Nominations.

Certified Local Governments wishing to apply for grant funds should complete an submit a grant application form for each proposed project. The FY20 CLG Grant Applications are due no later than end of business on Tuesday, December 31, 2019.


FY19 CLG Grants

The following communities were awarded funds for the FY19 grant cycle:

  • Ada County ($2,000, with $2,000 local match) – Survey of agricultural resources in the Kuna, ID area
  • Canyon County ($13,000) – County-wide survey of agricultural and rural resources
  • Idaho Falls ($400) – Program support
  • Kootenai County ($13,000) – Survey of the “Garden District” residential neighborhood in Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Nampa ($5,000, with $5,000 local match) – Development of a local historic preservation plan
  • Pocatello ($10,000) – Survey of the Bonneville residential neighborhood
  • Sandpoint ($8,000, with $2,000 local match) – Development of a local historic preservation plan
  • Twin Falls County ($16,000) – Phase II of the Twin Falls County Agricultural Resources MPD
  • Wallace ($10,000) – Development of a local historic preservation plan

Those considering applying for CLG Grant funds are also encouraged to watch our webinar on the Grants:

For more information on Idaho’s Certified Local Government Grant program, please contact:
Pete L’Orange
Historic Preservation Planner/CLG Coordinator
Idaho State Historic Preservation Office