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Incentives & Grants 

DHR offers the following opportunities for financial assistance or tax credits for historic preservation projects.

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Program of the National Park Service (U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2007, as amended or superseded).)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.

Survey & 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. 

Other Preservation Funding

Virginia Land Conservation Fund. The Virginia Land Conservation Fund, managed by the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation, offers grants to cultural projects seeking to preserve a variety of resource types including battlefields, viewsheds, and structures. For more information, contact the Department of Conservation and Recreation.

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 Development.

Updated 9.4.15