Certified Local Governments (CLG)

No one knows a community better than the people who live there. That is why state and national preservation programs seek out partnerships with Certified Local Governments (CLGs). CLGs provide grassroots wisdom and resources to encourage local preservation efforts.

By becoming a CLG, your town gains the ability to:

  • Encourage suitable development through ordinances
  • Landmark historic places (these could become eligible for Nebraska Historic Tax Credits and/or the Valuation Incentive Program)
  • Fund public outreach/educational resources and activities using yearly grants
  • Access technical assistance and training from the Nebraska State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service
  • Communities all across Nebraska have discovered that historic preservation is an important tool for economic development, downtown revitalization, and heritage tourism. 

Contact our Historic Preservation Office. We are happy to get you started! Communities become a CLG when the National Park Service verifies that all of the requirements for certification have been met. 

Designate and then protect historic properties using a local ordinance.
Establish a historic preservation commission of at least 5 qualified members. 
Maintain a system for the survey and inventory of local historic resources.
Encourage public participation in preservation, especially through the National Register of Historic Places
Have access to a staff person who oversees the historic preservation program

A CLG is eligible for competitive federal grants dedicated to preservation activities. Using these grants, a CLG can use grassroots efforts to help encourage interest in the places important to the fabric of its community.

A local government must be fully certified before it can start applying for grants to support its preservation projects. CLG grants are matching grants. Examples of a match include volunteer or donated services or cash, staff and commission time, and donated personal property. The grant provides for a maximum of 60% of the project cost, while the local CLG provides at least 40% of the project cost. CLGs may apply for a sub-grant in each funding round.

Hiring consultants for archeological, architectural, and historical surveys
Preservation planning
Preparing a National Register or local landmark nomination
Programs for public education 
Walking/driving tours and other audio/video productions
Staff and commission training
Workshops, lectures, and conferences
Repair, rehabilitation, reconstruction, moving, or acquiring historic properties or sites
Plans and specifications for individual, privately-owned properties
Landscaping, lighting, or banners
Conservation of collections and curatorial work
Cash reserves, endowments, or revolving funds
Fund-raising costs or other miscellaneous costs such as contingencies

Historic preservation commissions review all proposed National Registration nominations for properties within the boundaries of the CLG's jurisdiction.

Yes. A CLG may request decertification in writing at any time. Our Historic Preservation Office also reserves the right to decertify a CLG that does not meet the minimum requirements.  The CLG is ultimately decertified by the National Park Service.

CLGs receive technical assistance and training from our Historic Preservation Office. Commissioners and directors are required to attend one preservation-related training a year. You can achieve this by attending a professional, local, statewide, regional, or national conference, webinar, symposium, or hands-on learning opportunity.

No, all are welcome.

Using CLG grant funding, the Sidney CLG was able to hire an expert contractor to prepare a preservation handbook.

The Sidney Historic Preservation Handbook was designed to be a resource for property owners, contractors, and others who may be working towards improving a historic building. The handbook provides all the necessary information needed to understand regulations and best practices. It also outlines several grant programs offered by the city to incentivize development via the rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Kelli Bacon

Certified Local Government Coordinator

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