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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

Certified Local Government

Benefits of CLG Designation

There are many advantages to earning CLG designation as a community.

The CLG program helps a community with preservation generally in three ways, as 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 free full access to DHR's GIS-based Data Sharing System (DSS), a $500 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;

  • 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;

  • for materials research on a rehabilitation project.