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Benefits of CLG Designation

There are many advantages to earning CLG designation as a community. The program helps a community with preservation generally in three ways, since it—

  • promotes community-wide preservation;
  • recognizes and supports a community’s local preservation programs; and
  • establishes the credentials of quality for local preservation programs.

As a CLG, a community

  • assumes a formal role in the identification, evaluation, and protection of its heritage resources;
  • has the right to comment on the eligibility of resources nominated for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in its jurisdiction;
  • receives technical assistance from DHR and the National Park Service;
  • learns from each other CLGs by sharing experiences, concerns, solutions to problems;
  • can apply for matching grants for preservation programs from a 10% share of Virginia’s annual federal appropriation;
  • gains full access to DHR’s GIS-based Virginia Cultural Resource database (V-CRIS), an $800 value annually;
  • is eligible for stipends to selected preservation conferences and workshops;
  • is automatically considered for the DHR Cost Share Program funding for survey projects in which CLG grant funding is unavailable; and
  • is granted the right to be a “consulting party” in a project requiring Section 106 review.

CLG grants can be used in the following ways:

  • for surveys of architectural or archaeological resources;
  • for preparation of Preliminary Information Forms or National Register of Historic Places nominations for local heritage resources;
  • for heritage stewardship planning projects such as drafting historic preservation plans, archaeological assessments, preservation components of comprehensive plans, or condition assessment reports;
  • for public education programs concerned with a heritage stewardship program;
  • for local review board or targeted audience training and education projects such as development of materials or programs, including training sessions and hands-on workshops;
  • for testing archaeological sites to determine their significance or for pure research, education, or mitigation (as the latter pertains to Section 106 requirements);
  • for rehabilitation of buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places that are publicly owned or are privately owned and selected through a local grant competition;
  • for drafting new or updated design guidelines; and
  • for materials research on a rehabilitation project.

Updated December 17, 2019