July 17, 2019

Nine Cities Receive Grants for Historic Preservation

Nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities earn historic preservation-related project grants

Learn more about the CLG program and how your city can be part of it. 


Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history.

Jointly administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the National Park Service, Kentucky's Certified Local Government Program is a local, state, and federal partnership that promotes historic preservation planning and protection of prehistoric and historic resources at the local level. Because local community planning staff often plays a key role in CLG procedures and projects, the thread of historic preservation is usually woven into the fabric of local land-use policy.

Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue, Campbellsville, Covington, Danville, Frankfort, Hopkinsville, Horse Cave and Metro Louisville from the CLG program, administered by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) with funds allocated annually through the National Park Service. An additional $51,208 in committed funds and in-kind services make up the required 40% local match total.

The Danville Public Art in Historic Districts Education Project is an exciting new proposal to assist local Architectural Heritage Board members, elected officials and staff with studying how other communities incorporate public art into their historic districts, according to CLG Coordinator Vicki Birenberg.

Also new this year, the Bellevue Commercial Building History Education Project will detail the long history of commercial properties in two historic business districts, including photos of former businesses and notable people associated with them, in an effort to enhance the community’s preservation ethic. Signs will be posted outside places they depict, with QR codes linking to the city’s website for more information. As part of Bellevue’s 150th anniversary celebration, the project will also incorporate tours.

Other funded projects include a variety of workshops and educational programming, historic building survey and documentation, fieldwork for nominating sites to the National Register of Historic Places, and developing an interactive model of a Victorian-era house that can be used to demonstrate how different types of building alterations impact architectural integrity. Project descriptions follow.

CLG designation offers a way for local governments to develop a comprehensive approach to historic preservation and promote the integration of preservation interests into the planning process. City and county-wide historic preservation commissions must become designated to qualify for the grants, made available through a federal Historic Preservation Fund pass-through to state historic preservation offices to assist their work in recognizing, protecting and saving historic places.

For more, contact Vicki Birenberg at 502-892-3606 or visit the CLG website.