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ESHPF Disaster Assistance Grants for Historic Resources

A map of Virginia showing counties and cities eligible for grant funding

The National Park Service (NPS) has awarded DHR $4.7 million in funding to provide recovery assistance to historic resources 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.

The award from the Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund (ESHPF) administered by the NPS enables DHR to make sub-awards to historic resources located in the 52 eligible counties and cities in Virginia that were identified in FEMA major disaster declarations 4401 and 4411.

Who May Apply For Assistance

Private owners, not-for-profit organizations, and public administrators of historic resources in eligible jurisdictions can apply to use the ESHPF Disaster Assistance Grants.

Eligible ESHPF Grant Projects

  • Planning (known as pre-development) required for and/or implementation of work (known as development) to stabilize and/or repair damaged historic properties.
  • Architectural and archaeological survey and inventory of historic resources to determine eligibility, degree of damage, and provide preparedness for future disasters.
  • The execution of projects to mitigate the threat of damage to eligible historic properties from future natural disasters.

Application Process

Development projects are those that focus on repairing damages from one or both hurricanes and funds for those projects will be awarded as sub awards. The Step 1 application for development grants is now closed.

Click here for information about development projects

Survey and Planning projects will be treated as in-house projects administered by DHR. The survey and planning project Request for Assistance is now closed.

Click here for information about survey and planning projects

If you are a cultural resource professional interested in working on Virginia ESHPF Disaster Relief Assistance grant projects, please reach out to DHR for information about the upcoming contractor procurement process.

Eligible Localities


A    Amelia and Appomattox
B    Botetourt and Brunswick
C    Campbell, Charles City, Charlotte, Chesterfield, Craig, and Cumberland
D    Dinwiddie
E    Essex
F    Floyd, Fluvanna, and Franklin
G   Grayson
H   Halifax and Henry
I     Isle of Wight
J    James City
K   King and Queen, and King William
L    Lancaster and Lunenburg
M   Mathews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, and Montgomery
N    Nelson, New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, and Nottoway
P    Patrick, Pittsylvania, Powhatan, Prince Edward, Pulaski
R    Rappahannock, Richmond, Roanoke, and Russell
W   Westmoreland

Independent Cities:

  • Bristol
  • Danville
  • Franklin
  • Galax
  • Hampton
  • Martinsville
  • Newport News
  • Richmond
  • Williamsburg


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Submit questions here or call Blake McDonald at (804) 482-6086

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Updated January 27, 2022