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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release June 26, 2009

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

SHSI’s 2010 Certified Local Government grants available

Program encourages historic preservation at city, county levels

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa today announced the 2010 Certified Local Government grant round has begun for fiscal year 2010.

Iowa cities and counties designated a Certified Local Government are eligible to apply for the grants, which can be used to underwrite the following historic preservation activities: planning for preservation, survey and evaluation, registration of a property or district to the National Register of Historic Places or to a municipal or county registry, pre-development of a historic property, public education and planning.

The CLG program encourages local governments to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards & Guidelines for Archaeology and Historic Preservation in their preservation programs; provides training and technical assistance through the State’s historic preservation office; provides funding to underwrite various historic preservation activities; and creates a federal, state, and local governmental partnership in historic preservation.

Iowa cities and counties are advised to contact the State Historic Preservation Office at 515-281-6826 or paula.mohr@iowa.gov before beginning the application process. The 2010 Grant Manual and application form are available at www.iowahistory.org.

Draft applications are due Aug. 3, 2009 for review and comment by SHPO staff. Final grant applications must be post-marked by Aug. 31, 2009, or hand-delivered applications must be received by 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31, 2009, in the SHPO office, 600 E. Locust Street in Des Moines. Grant recipients will be notified by December 2009.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state.

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