35 historical preservation grants announced in Tennessee

Historical preservation officials have announced 35 grants totaling nearly $900,000 for projects throughout Tennessee.

The State Historic Preservation Office said Wednesday that the federally funded matching grants provide 60 percent of project funds from the Federal Historic Preservation Fund with 40 percent of project funds from the grantee. Project funding requests totaled nearly $1.2 million, more than the amount of funding available, the office said.

An archaeological conference, design guidelines for historic districts, rehabilitation of several historic buildings and surveys of historic resources are among grant recipients.

For instance, in Giles County, $25,000 will help fund stabilization of the Matt Gardner Homestead Museum; in Hamilton County $25,000 will fund exterior restoration of the Christ Church; and in Shelby County, $22,800 will help pay for foundation restoration of the Davies Manor House museum. All three properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The next round of grants is expected to be opened in December, with applications due in January, officials said.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Historical Commission’s website.

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Republished with permission from The Associated Press.




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