History Nebraska Receives $350,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant

The National Park Service has awarded $350,000 from the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to History Nebraska (P22AP01544). The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has developed a sub-grant program, Rural Nebraska Historic Preservation, to assist owners of historic properties in Nebraska communities with populations under 30,000.

More details about the sub-grant program will become available mid-October, with the application becoming available on December 12, 2022, and will be accessible here. Or contact Betty Gillespie at 402-805-7392 or betty.gillespie@nebraska.gov to be placed on a notification list for further details.

Nebraska was among eleven other applicants to receive the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants this year and the only SHPO to receive such funding in this round. A total of $7.275 million was awarded to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across America. Now in its fourth year, the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants are named for a former executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.

Congress appropriates funding for various programs, including the Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grant, through the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF). The HPF uses revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf to assist preservation projects in all states, territories, and many tribal lands. For more information about the Paul Bruhn Revitalization Grant, find more at go.nps.gov/revitalization.

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