–General Assembly allotted $500,000 for battlefield preservation in 2022–
–Targeted tracts are in Henrico and Rockingham Counties-
RICHMOND – The Department of Historic Resources announced today that grants from this year’s Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund will protect 252 acres including tracts affiliated with the actions of the United States Colored Troops. The acreage targeted for preservation is located in Henrico and Rockingham counties.
The General Assembly established the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (VBPF) in 2010, and authorized the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) to administer the fund by evaluating and disbursing grant awards to eligible recipients. DHR determined this year’s selections through a rigorous evaluation process, after receiving more grant applications than the 2022 fund of $500,000 can support.
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DHR does not have grants available for applicants for historical highway markers.
Federal grant opportunities are available through the National Park Service. Grants are also available from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The following three grants pertain to historical graves and cemeteries:
At the beginning of each state fiscal year (July 1), DHR announces the availability of funds for the care and maintenance of historical African American cemeteries and graves, defined by Code of Virginia§10.1-2211.2 as “a cemetery that was established prior to January 1, 1948 for the interment of African Americans.” The deadline for grant applications for the current state fiscal year (“SFY”) is May 30, 2023.
Organizations having received funds in the previous fiscal year (2021-2022) must complete and submit a Reconciliation of Requirements form [link] as agreed to in the Acknowledgment of Reporting Requirements document. Disbursement of funds will not take place until this document is received and accepted. Please note that any person or organization requesting funds must be registered with the eVA Customer Care portal (email@example.com or 1-866-289-7367). A template to assist in completing these requirements may be found here: AA Reporting Template.
If you have questions or need additional assistance, please contact Joanna Wilson Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State funds for Confederate Graves and Cemeteries ended as of State Fiscal Year 2022, which began July 1, 2021.
of the Code of Virginia (§10.1-2211.1) authorizes DHR to disburse funds to eligible organizations for the maintenance and care of Revolutionary War patriot graves. Only those Revolutionary War graves and cemeteries listed in the statute are eligible to receive annual appropriations. Adding a cemetery to the list in §10.1-2211.1 of the Code of Virginia requires the assistance of a member of the General Assembly who must introduce a bill adding the organization / cemetery / church to the list during a General Assembly session. Funds must also be appropriated each year in the budget bill. Such funds may only be disbursed to Revolutionary War memorial associations caring for such graves and cemeteries.
For more information, see these Frequently Asked Questions about the Revolutionary War graves fund.
CLG designation also allows a jurisdiction to apply for CLG grants through federal Historic Preservation Funds (HPF). Ten percent of all HPF monies that come to the Commonwealth of Virginia must be distributed to CLGs. DHR does this through a competitive grant process, open only to CLGs.
For information on CLG grants, please visit the CLG webpage or contact Aubrey Von Lindern at (540) 868-7029.
DHR’s Survey and Planning Cost Share Program assists local governments in meeting their preservation planning goals through identification of historic resources. Annual funding for Cost Share is limited. Localities must compete to participate in the program.
In addition to match funding, Cost Share benefits localities since DHR handles administrative functions for the selected projects. We secure the consultants to do the work, and we pay bills, monitor work, and ensure delivery of the products.
For more information regarding the survey program, see these Frequently Asked Questions or contact Blake McDonald at (804) 482-6086.
The Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) Grant Program provides assistance to historic properties (including archaeological sites) damaged by hurricanes Florence and/or Michael in September and October 2018 that are listed or are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Funding is limited to damaged historic properties in the 52 counties and cities in Virginia identified in FEMA Major Declarations Declarations 4401 and 4411.
Please visit the ESHPF webpage or contact Blake McDonald at (804) 482-6445.
Archaeological sites are some of Virginia’s most fragile resources. Threatened Sites grants offer 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.
For more information, contact state archaeologist Elizabeth Moore (804) 482-6086.
The General Assembly established the Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund (VBPF) in 2010, and authorized DHR to administer the fund by evaluating and disbursing grant awards to eligible recipients for the protection of battlefield lands associated with Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
In accordance with VBPF stipulations, recipients must be nonprofit organizations. Any such organization awarded a battlefield grants must donate an easement to the Virginia Board of Historic Resources on any acreage acquired with the state grants. The easements restrict or forbid development of the acreage, allowing for perpetual protection of the land.
In selecting the awards, DHR considered each battlefield’s significance and ranking in Congress’s mandated “Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields,” issued in 1993 and subsequently updated. Additionally, DHR weighed factors in the grant applications such as the proximity of a battlefield parcel to already protected lands; the threat of encroaching development that could transform a parcel’s historic look and feel at the time of a battle; and the potential for education, recreation, research, or heritage tourism in connection with a battlefield tract.
DHR is now accepting applications for the 2022 VBPF grants. Contact David Edwards at 540-868-7030 for an application, grant manual, and information on the program.
The following historic preservation incentives are available through DHR:
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.
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 October 27, 2022