Development projects focused on repairing damages from one or both hurricanes will receive priority over survey and planning projects. The Development application consists of two steps:
Upon receipt of a complete Pre-development/Development application (Step 1 and Step 2, plus all required documentation), DHR staff will review and score the application using a standardized evaluation form. The ESHPF is a competitive grant program and each application will be scored according to the established criteria. Applications will be reviewed and applications with the highest scores will be selected for funding. We anticipate that sub-awards will be announced in August. Once a sub-award is announced, applicants (sub-award recipients) will enter into a sub-award agreement with DHR.
ESHPF Disaster Assistance Grants for Historic Resources
Please take time to familiarize yourself with the requirements of this program before you complete the ESHPF application by reading the following instructions. Please note: There are individual application forms for 1) pre-development and development projects; 2) architectural survey/inventory, and threat mitigation projects, and; 3) archaeological survey, data recovery, and stabilization projects. After completing Step 1 of the application process, additional instructions and required documents will be made available to you.
Grant Program: Emergency Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund
Project Title: Florence and Michael Post-disaster Recovery for Historic Resources
Incident Periods: Hurricane Florence in Virginia: September 8, 2018; Hurricane Michael in Virginia: October 9, 2018
The ESHPF Grant Program may be awarded to private owners, not-for-profit organizations, and public administrators of historic properties only in the areas of Virginia identified in FEMA major disaster declarations 4401 and 4411. Funds may be requested for the planning for (pre-development) and/or the implementation of repairs (development) to historic properties (defined as historic districts, buildings, sites, structures and objects) that are:
Applicants are advised that all awards from the ESHPF Grant Program require specific and non-negotiable compliance with federal and state requirements regarding, but not limited to: scope of work; procurement of services; insurance and liability; indemnification; financial disclosure, accounting procedures, and records maintenance. All such requirement are detailed in the Sub-Award Agreement that must be executed between sub-awardees and DHR upon acceptance of any program funding. DHR and applicants are encouraged to read and be aware of the programmatic and administrative requirements of the grant program in advance of making application to it. In addition, the requirements, policies and procedures that are the basis of those outlined in the Sub-Award agreement are fully explained in the Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual, which can be accessed online at https://www.nps.gov/preservation-grants/HPF_Manual.pdf. If you cannot comply with the program requirements, please do not apply.
AND, by submitting this application, applicants certify that, in addition to Requirement 12 above, they have the necessary experience, organization, technical qualifications, and facilities to complete the proposed project to DHR and NPS standards, OR hereby pledge to secure or otherwise obtain them prior to entering into an ESHFS sub-award agreement.
WHAT IS NOT FUNDED
It is expected that Sub-Award Recipients will have a maximum of 24 months to complete projects. The project start date is the date of full execution of the Sub-Award Agreement. Construction contracts must be executed within six months of the project start date. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the cancellation of the grant award. DHR anticipates that the grant contracts and project initiation, including meeting with DHR staff if necessary, will be complete by 8/30/2020. All projects must be completed and approved by DHR by 8/30/2023.
RECAPTURE OF GRANT AWARDS DUE TO SALE OF PROPERTY
In the event that a privately owned property is sold within a five-year period after completion of the project, the following recapture provision shall apply: If the property is sold within the first year after completion of the project, one-hundred percent (100%) of the fund awarded shall be returned to the State, with a twenty percent (20%) reduction per year thereafter.
POTENTIAL TAX CREDITS
Work performed under this grant program may impact other work approvals and cannot be claimed for potential tax credits. Work approved under this grant shall in no way inhibit or preclude others from applying for federal assistance through other programs overseen or reviewed by NPS, such as the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive for Income Producing Structures. It shall be understood that approvals through this grant funding are not transferable to other NPS or NPS sponsored programs.
Religious institutions may participate in the Historic Preservation Fund Grant Program consistent with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) (54 U.S.C. 302905), which authorizes certain grants for religious properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Religious properties listed in the National Register are eligible to participate in this grant assistance program because the federal government has a strong interest in preserving all sites of historic significance regardless of their religious or secular character; because eligibility for this program extends to a broad class of beneficiaries defined without reference to religion; and because the criteria for funding must be applied neutrally. These elements show that this grant program is aimed solely at preserving historic structures and does not constitute an endorsement of religion by the government. (This supersedes Historic Preservation Fund Grant Manual, Chapter 5823 p.5-8 and Chapter 683,p.6-6 and Chapter 13D7 p.13-16).
GRANT SELECTION AND SCORING
The ESHPF is a competitive grant program and each application will be scored according to a pre‐determined set of criteria. Each application will be reviewed for eligibility and, if determined eligible, will be rated according to the Grant Selection Criteria noted below:
SUB AWARD NOTIFICATION
Applications will be reviewed and applications with the highest scores will be selected for funding. DHR reserves the right to fund all or a portion of the proposed project. DHR anticipates that applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process no later than June 30, 2020.
Once a sub-award is announced, applicants (sub-award recipients) will enter into a sub-award agreement with DHR. The contract will include the budget, scope of work and performance timeline and standard clauses. Sub-award agreement must be signed and returned to DHR within 30 days of receipt. DHR will reimburse Sub-award Recipients for allowable, documented expenses only. Sub-award Recipients are required to credit DHR and the NPS in all print, audio, video, internet and publicity materials.
REQUEST FOR REIMBURSEMENT
Sub-awards are reimbursement grants. Sub-award recipients must document and provide proof of expenditures and submit for reimbursement as instructed in the Sub-Award Agreement.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND TECHNICAL REVIEW
GROUND DISTURBING ACTIVITY
Sub-Award Recipients must consult with DHR prior to undertaking any ground‐disturbing activity (e.g., trenching, grading, demolition, new construction). Unless substantial ground disturbance can be documented, an archaeological survey may be required. Documentation of prior ground disturbance, or the results of archaeological testing, must be reviewed and approved by DHR (before ground‐disturbing activity occurs). DHR staff is available to assist with archaeological assessments prior to the commencement of ground-disturbing activities.
DHR has the right to withhold, reduce or cancel grants as outlined in the Sub-Award Agreement including:
Updated June 26, 2020