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Certified Local Government Grant Program

The CLG Grant Program provides financial support to participating communities to develop the tools, products, programs, and services they need to administer their local preservation programs effectively and in accordance with the CLG Guidelines and Procedures.

Grant funds may be used to create standalone products or be leveraged to contribute to larger efforts such as a community’s comprehensive planning process or Main Street program. Examples of eligible projects include design guidelines, revitalization and preservation plans, comprehensive plan elements, historic resource surveys, National Register nominations, and training programs.

CLG grants require matching funds consistent with the published guidelines for that grant round.

Project Grants for FFY2021

Project grants are for studies, plans, programs, and tools that help a community build capacity, implement effective preservation programs, and meet the Ongoing Performance Standards of the CLG program. These grants are generally for projects with larger budgets and longer timelines as opposed to short-term needs. Project grants may be up to $25,000 and a cash match equal to either 10% or 25% of the total project cost, depending on the type of activity being funded. All project grants must produce tangible products and benefits.

The total funds available for the FFY2021 CLG Grant round are anticipated to be approximately $135,000. The final amount available for FFY2021 is uncertain as of the time of publication, as Congress has not passed a final budget for Federal programs in FFY2021, including the Historic Preservation Fund. Individual grant awards generally range from $3,000 to a maximum of $25,000. 

Application Deadline - October 30, 2020

Please submit all application materials by email to by 5:00 pm.  CLG grant applications are NOT submitted through the PHMC eGrant application website.

Please review the FY 2021 Certified Local Government Grant Application (PDF) and contact your Community Preservation Coordinator for a fillable Word version. Consult the updated Certified Local Government Grant Guidelines and Instructions (PDF) to complete the FFY 2021 Certified Local Government grant application.

Please contact your regional Community Preservation Coordinator at least two (2) weeks prior to the application deadline if you plan to submit a CLG grant.

Certified Local Government (CLG) Grants require cash match equal to 10-50 percent of the grant award depending on the project type. 


General Conditions

There are a number of general conditions for Certified Local Government Grants.

  • All grants are awarded on a matching basis.
  • The minimum amount awarded will be $3,000; and the maximum amount awarded will generally not exceed $25,000.
  • All CLGs must execute a Master CLG Grant Contract with the commonwer.
  • Consultant selection requires a competitive process.


Eligible CLG Grant Activities

  • Shared Services / Circuit Rider
  • Planning
  • Design Guidelines / Design Assistance
  • National Register Nominations / Multiple Property Documentation
  • Cultural Resource Survey
  • Revitalization / Reuse Studies
  • Public Education and Training 


Ineligible Activities

Certified Local Government Grants may not be used to fund the following:

  • Acquisition of historic properties; and
  • Development / construction projects for historic structures/properties including stabilization, rehabilitation, restoration and reconstruction.

CLG funded activities must meet the goals and objectives of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Plan.


Maximum Number of Awards

Eligible applicants may submit only one application for a Certified Local Government Grant.

Applicants meeting the relevant eligibility requirements may apply for and may receive one Certified Local Government grant, one type of Keystone Historic Preservation grant (either Construction or Project grant) in a fiscal year.

Please review the grant program guidelines for each category of support.


Applicants are required to submit a completed application as outlined in the Certified Local Government Grant Program Guidelines and Application Instructions. CLG grant applications submitted via the eGrant will not be accepted.

Who May Apply

Funding under this program is limited to Certified Local Governments. Designation as a Certified Local Government under federal law should not be confused with the certification of local districts under the Historic District Act passed by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1961. Clarification in this regard may be obtained by contacting the Community Preservation Coordinator for your region.

Municipalities do not have to achieve Certified Local Government status at the time the grant application is due, but they must have achieved Certified Local Government status by the contract start date in order to receive grant funds.


Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to receive a portion of the local share of the Federal Historic Preservation Fund allocation to Pennsylvania, the Department of the Interior requires that each Certified Local Government:

  • Must comply with the conditions of its Certification Agreement;
  • Must meet the federal standards of the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-102 (Common Rule) Grants and Cooperative Agreements with Local Governments (PDF)
  • Must be auditable in accordance with OMB Circular A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations (PDF) Appendix A "Data Collection Form (Form SF-SAC)," and Appendix B "April 1999 Compliance Supplement"
  • Must adhere to all required administrative procedures in OMB Circular A-87 (Revised 5/10/04), Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments (PDF)
  • Must adhere to any requirements mandated by the United States Congress regarding use of federal historic preservation funds. (The State Historic Preservation Office will advise Certified Local Governments of any new directives.); and
  • Must adhere to requirements specified by the State Historic Preservation Office in the Grant Agreement.


Pooling CLG Grants and Third Party Administration

  • Grants under certain conditions can be pooled by Certified Local Governments for specific purposes. For example, several CLGs could pool a grant to share the services of a preservation professional who could travel among the CLGs as a "circuit rider". Pooling is available only among local governments that are certified.
  • CLG grants may, under certain conditions, be administered by a designated third party. Designation of a third party to administer a grant is not a procurement action. The designated party may be another certified local government, a commercial firm, a nonprofit entity or an educational institution.
  • CLGs interested in pursuing this type of funding should contact their regional Community Preservation Coordinator early in the application process.


Grant Period and Implementation Timetable

The Application Submission Deadline for Federal FY 2021 is October 30, 2020.

The following timetable for processing grant applications and implementing projects is provided for your information and as a planning guide. Remember, grant awards are subject to the availability of funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

November 2020
 Review Panel Meets/Discusses Applications

December 2020
PHMC Approves Panel Recommendations/Makes Awards

December 2020
Award/Rejection Letters and Grant Agreements Mailed to Applicants

April 2021
Project Start Date

August 30, 2022
Project End Date/Final Reports Due

Projects will not be extended beyond the initial implementation period.