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Available only to communities that participate in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program, Community Partnership Projects are intended to fill a gap that commonly exists in local preservation--the gap between a community's desire to complete a preservation project and its lack of resources and/or capacity to carry out such projects on its own. Each year, through a simple application process, SHPO selects projects to directly complete on behalf of CLGs at no cost, providing a means for the selected communities to move forward their preservation goals and complete projects that might not otherwise be possible.
The program is distinct from yearly CLG grant allocations and does not include distirbution of funds. As such, there is no financial obligation or administrative requirement for participating CLGs.
CLGs can apply to have one of three types of projects—a survey of historic resources, a National Register of Historic Places nomination, or a set of design guidelines—completed directly by SHPO staff on behalf of the local community. As part of the partnership, CLGs agree to meet basic participation requirements (e.g., host a workshop or participate in a brief field exercise), which are designed to build the capacity of CLGs, give them hands-on experience in preservation activities, and educate them on best practices.
At the end of the process, CLGs get a professionally finished product from SHPO (i.e., survey report, National Register nomination, or design guidelines) and are better equipped to make informed decisions, plan for preservation activities at the local level, and carry out future projects on their own. In total, the projects support the goal of the CLG program to build and enrich local preservation programs.
The projects leverage the knowledge and expertise of SHPO CLG staff for the benefit of participating communities, which are selected through a simple applicatoin process:
Three types of Community Partnership Projects can be completed—historic resource surveys, National Register nominations, and design guidelines. Projects must be sufficiently defined so that SHPO understands their purpose and intended outcomes. Projects should also generally be able to be completed within a year. Specific eligibility requirements for each project type are listed in the applications.
To avoid potential conflicts with other SHPO programs, a project is not eligible if:
Projects will be competitively scored and selected by a SHPO review committee. Scoring will generally be based on:
SHPO is currently accepting applications for 2021 Community Partnership Projects. Applications are due May 3, 2021. Applications for this project cycle have been sent to the points of contact for local preservation programs. If you need a copy of the application materials or have questions, contact SHPO's CLG Coordinator.