Grants in Historic Preservation
Communities enrolled in the Certified Local Government Program are assured ten percent of the federal funds that HPD receives as part of its annual appropriation. These funds are available to CLG communities through annual grants to stabilize or preserve historic buildings, write State and National register nominations and fund or create educational opportunities.
Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, Silver City, Albuquerque, Lincoln County, Deming and Columbus are the eight New Mexico communities certified to participate in the program. But many more towns, pueblos and local governments are eligible to become CLGs and HPD encourages them to apply to be a part of the program.
When funding is available, HPD also provides grants to individuals, organizations and other entities for bricks-and-mortar restorations, research, Register nominations, archaeological stabilizations and publications. An HPD grant helped funded a documentary on restoring Route 66 neon signs that won a Rocky Mountain-region Emmy. In some years these grants have been substantial and have been used to preserve important historic sites. HPD announces a new round of Historic Preservation Grants each fall.