Historic Preservation Grants Totaling More Than $450,000 Awarded

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BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation and Division of Archaeology awarded a total $458,669 in Historic Preservation Fund grants for fiscal year 2021-2022 to support 14 projects, trainings, surveys, and scholarships within various communities across the state. The grants include $358,245 in Survey and Planning grants, $54,432 toward four Certified Local Government (CLG) community projects, with an additional $45,992 dedicated to the CLG program to support trainings and scholarships.

“One of Louisiana’s greatest assets is our rich culture and heritage. The legacy created by those who came before us must be preserved or documented for present and future generations,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “While there are many reasons people visit all over Louisiana, those I speak with tell me consistently that a big draw for them is a culture that will Feed Your Soul. Preserving that culture and history needs to be a priority as it is a proven economic engine for Louisiana.”

The grant proposals are related to ongoing state and federally mandated programs and initiatives that are outlined in the Louisiana Comprehensive Plan entitled “First You Make a Roux: Ingredients for Preservation Partnerships in Louisiana 2017 to 2025.” The grants are made possible through the Division’s annual apportionment from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The grants are competitive and require a 50/50 match of non-federal money.

“We are excited to be able to fully fund every project this year.  These projects will have a positive impact on the historic built environment in our communities by contributing to current and future planning decisions,” said Kristin Sanders, Assistant Secretary of the Office for Cultural Development.


FY 2021/2022 Preservation Grant Recipients:


Grantee Project Award
University of Louisiana at Monroe Poverty Point Station Archaeology Program $152,972
Louisiana State University Lafon Deconstructed & Survey of Lafon Buildings – Expand Previous Study on Barthelemy Lafon with New Information to Provide a Complete Look at the Working Life of an 18th-19th Century New Orleans Architect $18,853
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Historic American Building Survey(HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record(HAER) & National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) Databases Brought to Life through Story Maps $25,000
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Preservation in Print Publication & Digital Preservation Newsroom $50,000
West Baton Rouge Museum National Register Nomination for Stone Square Masonic Lodge #8 $2,000
Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation Annual Preservation Conference, Rambles, & Educational Platforms $42,500
Bayou Des Glaises Cultural District Community Oral History – Documenting How the Bayou, Language, & Land Shaped Lifestyles of Bayou Des Glaises Cultural District $11,880
Resurrection Fern Foundation, Inc. Develop a film about the Life & Times of Marie Therese Coin Coin $8,232
North Baton Rouge Now, Inc. Phase 3-Survey of Scotlandville & Public Meetings $35,200
Rational Middle Foundation Create an Interactive Map of Sam & John Weiner or Weiner Bros Architecture in Shreveport to Include Archival Materials Related to the Weiners’ Work $11,608
City of Donaldsonville Ascension of Lord Church Oral History & Video Project $20,132
City of Crowley Crowley Historic District Re-Survey $10,000
City of Lake Charles Historic Immersive Education & Preservation-Phase 2 $15,000
City of Opelousas Le Vieux Village Heritage Park Virtual History $9,300
CLG Communities Trainings & Scholarships $45,992
  TOTAL $458,669


Pursuant to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as Amended and signed into law on September 28, 1976, the Historic Preservation Fund utilizes a portion of royalties paid by energy companies for the drilling of natural gas and oil on the Outer Continental Shelf to provide assistance for a broad range of preservation projects without expending tax dollars.




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