New Funds Available for Historic Properties Affected by Recent Flooding

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Release dated: 
October 27, 2010
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Jessica Kohen
Marketing and Communications

David Grabitske
State Historic Preservation Office

New Funds Available for Historic Properties Affected by Recent Flooding

Owners of historic properties affected by recent flooding in southern Minnesota have another resource they can draw on for assistance.

The Minnesota Historical Society's State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) will administer $250,000 in state funding for flood relief to assist historic property owners in the federal disaster declaration areas. This money is available to owners who wish to restore their buildings and have exhausted other sources of funding, including insurance claims.

Other historic resources damaged by the flooding may also be eligible for assistance.

The maximum grant available for most historic properties is $15,000; the cap for properties that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places is $30,000.

Information on which properties qualify for "gap" funding, and how to request funds is available online.

About the State Historic Preservation Office

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 provided for a network of historic preservation offices in every state to spearhead state preservation initiatives and help carry out the nation's historic preservation program. Minnesota's SHPO was created by state statute in 1969 to provide statewide leadership. The director of the Minnesota Historical Society serves as State Historic Preservation Officer.

Located in the Society's Historic Preservation, Field Services and Grants Department, the SHPO fulfills its mission to preserve and promote Minnesota history by working to: Identify, evaluate, register and protect Minnesota's historic and archaeological properties, encourage the development of local history organizations and activities, and assist government agencies in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities.