Archaeological Threatened Sites. Archaeological sites are some of Virginia's most fragile resources. The Threatened Sites Program offers emergency funding for archaeological sites endangered by erosion, impending development, or vandalism. The program has saved archaeological remnants at sites across Virginia, providing important information about our past that would have been lost.
Certified Local Government Grants. Certified Local Governments are eligible for grants that can be used to survey architectural and archaeological resources, prepare nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, create preservation planning documents and programs, create public education programs, and rehabilitate publicly owned buildings listed on the national register.
Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (§ 10.1-2202.4.): DHR administers funds for projects that protect Virginia battlefield lands including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Civil War. (The sites must be listed in the following reports: the Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission (Civil War Sites Advisory Commission/National Park Service, 1993, as amended) or the Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States by the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2007, as amended or superseded).) Projects are evaluated based on significance of the battlefield, threat, integrity, financial and administrative capacity of the applicant, and plans for future management for preservation and public benefit among other criteria. All grant awards require a 50-percent match using private or federal funds. For more information about current grant cycles and deadlines, contact David Edwards, Director, Community Services Division, (540) 868-7030.
Easements. By donating a historic preservation easement on a property, landowners may be eligible for several financial incentives.
Rehabilitation Tax Credits. Interested in rehabilitating a historic building? Property owners who complete a certified rehabilitation of a significant historic building can receive an income tax credit on 25% of their eligible expenses through the Virginia Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program and an additional 20% credit through the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program.
Planning Cost Share Program. Through
the cost share program, localities can partner with DHR to take stock of
their historic resources. By knowing all of what it has, a locality can then
make sound decisions about planning development. The department partially
funds and fully administers the projects, relieving often over-burdened
local planning officials.
Virginia Main Street Program.
Communities can put the traditional assets of downtown, such as unique
architecture and locally owned businesses, to work as a catalyst for
economic growth and community pride through the Virginia Main Street
Program, administered by the Department of Housing and Community