Historic Preservation Grants Totaling Nearly $550,000 Announced

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BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation and Division of Archaeology recently awarded total $548,185 in Historic Preservation Fund grants to support 21 projects, trainings, surveys, and scholarships within various communities across the state. The grants include $416,215 in Survey and Planning grants, $95,970 toward eight Certified Local Government (CLG) community projects, with $36,000 dedicated to the CLG program to support trainings and scholarships.

“Historic preservation is important to all of Louisiana as it helps create jobs and spurs economic development throughout the state while preserving our culture and history in the process,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Through these grants, we are investing in preservation to highlight our historic areas and bring them back to life. The investment of these grants is paying long-term dividends for Louisiana not just in tax revenue but also commitment to community.”

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 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.


FY 2022-2023 Preservation Grant Recipients:

Grantee Project Award
University of Louisiana at Monroe (Ouachita) Poverty Point Station Archaeology Program $155,960
University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Lafayette) Louisiana Story Map Historic American Building Survey(HABS)/Historic American Engineering Record(HAER) Documentation & Bringing the Freetown-Port Rico Historic District to life with Story Maps $27,097.50
LA Architecture Foundation (LAF)

(E. Baton Rouge)

#2-Film will acknowledge contribution made by LA’s Free People of Color Master Craftsman $12,097.50
Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans (Orleans) Preservation in Print Publication & Digital Preservation Newsroom $50,000
NOLA African-American Museum (Orleans) Oral History Media Lab; preservation of oral history of Treme $39,400
LA Trust for Historic Preservation (Multi) Annual Preservation Conference, Ramble Tours, Education Workshops, Toolkit Webinar Series, & Most Endangered Publication $43,430
LA Trust for Historic Preservation (Multi) Rosenwald Schools Multi-Property NR Nomination $15,300
Capital Area United Way (E. Baton Rouge) Original Public Library Baton Rouge National Register Nomination $2,500
Southern University Baton Rouge

(E. Baton Rouge)

Archives building cultural education, public knowledge, & kiosk project $19,855
Friends of Beauregard-Keyes Historic House (Orleans) Documentation of historic building trades of plaster, ironwork, brick masonry, & carpentry done by Free men of color in the French Quarter $8,075
12th District #3 Association (Sabine) Sabine High School Revitalization/Marketing & Capital Planning Development $37,500
Kisatchie Community Center (Natchitoches) Feasibility study to inform financial viability impacts and construction cost scenarios for rehabilitation $5,000
City of Baton Rouge

(E. Baton Rouge)

Historic Spanish Town Re-Survey & Nomination $13,550
City of Donaldsonville (Ascension) Native American Educational Preservation Project $11,000
City of Mandeville

(St. Tammany)

Local Historic Preservation District Surveys $25,000
City of Lafayette (Lafayette) Historic Preservation Commission Training for Design Review Projects $3,000
City of Crowley


National Register District Update – Phase 2 $5,546
City of Hammond


Railroad Park History Exhibit $7,882
CLG Communities (Multiple Parishes) Trainings & Scholarships $36,000
City of Lake Charles (Calcasieu) Historic Education Immersion Preservation – Phase 3

**Lack of funding in FY22. Will use FY21 grant funds per NPS approval.

City of Denham Springs


Discovering Spring Park Feasibility Study

**Lack of funding in FY22. Will use FY21 grant funds per NPS approval.

  TOTAL $548,185
  **FY2021 FUNDS $29,992


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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