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National Register Nomination Grant
Application Instructions & Qualifications

The Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) receives an annual allocation from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for conduct of the National Register Programs. The SHPO has set aside $10,000 from the FY 2013 HPF award for matching grants for preparation of National Register of Historic Places nominations. This special grant program is designed to encourage nomination of individual properties to the National Register increasing the number of Oklahoma's valuable archeological and historic resources that can benefit from this special designation. This activity is identified as a priority in Tomorrow's Legacy: Oklahoma's Statewide Preservation Plan.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

  1. State, county, local, or tribal governments
  2. Private non-profit organizations incorporated in the State of Oklahoma (Documentation of the incorporation must accompany the grant application.)
NOTE: Individual property owners, Federal agencies, and religious organizations are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for this special grant assistance, applicants must provide:

  1. A completed National Register Nomination Grants Application (in PDF)
  2. A scanned copy of the Articles of Incorporation (for nonprofits only; JPG or PDF only - less than 2MB)
  3. A completed Historic Preservation Resource Identification Form (in Word)
  4. At least two (2) photographs of the property that clearly show its current appearance. For online submissions, photographs must be in JPG format between 1MB and 2MB in size. Anything smaller may not show the detail needed for review, and anything larger may not be accepted by the email server. For both online and print submissions, black and white or color prints are acceptable. DO NOT submit Polaroid prints.
The application and identification form are available online at http://www.okhistory.org/shpo/nrgrant.htm and can be filled out and saved to your computer.

MATCHING REQUIREMENT

All applicants must provide a cash match on a 60%/40% basis for the grant funds requested. The match must be from a nonfederal source and must be available at the time the application is submitted to the SHPO.

LIMIT ON GRANT REQUEST AND USE OF FUNDS

In order to maximize the funding available for this program, grant requests are limited to $1,000.00. The grant funds awarded and the matching share must be used to retain a professionally qualified consultant (see below) to conduct the necessary research and prepare the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form (including all photographs and maps). Grant recipients should keep in mind that they will be required to conduct a competitive selection process for the consultant services after the grant is awarded and that the applicant will enter into a fixed fee contract with that consultant. If a grant is awarded to the applicant, the SHPO will provide a list of potential consultants. However, selection of one of these individuals/firms is not required. The applicant may solicit proposals for consultant services from any qualified individual/firm.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FOR CONSULTANTS

The applicant will be required to select a consultant who meets the professional qualifications set forth below in the appropriate field for the property which will be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. For example, if the property is a building, the consultant must meet the qualification standards for history, architecture, or architectural history. The qualification standards are as follows:

History

The minimum professional qualifications in history are a graduate degree in history or closely related field; or a bachelor's degree in history or closely related field plus one of the following:

  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, teaching, interpretation, or other demonstrable professional activity with an academic institution, historic organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of history.

Archeology

The minimum professional qualifications in archeology are a graduate degree in archeology, anthropology, or closely related field plus:

  1. At least one year of full-time professional experience or equivalent specialized training in archeological research, administration or management;
  2. At least four months of supervised field and analytic experience in general North American archeology; and
  3. Demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.
In addition to these minimum qualifications, a professional in prehistoric archeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources of the prehistoric period. A professional in historic archeology shall have at least one year of full-time professional experience at a supervisory level in the study of archeological resources of the historic period.

Architectural History

The minimum professional qualifications in architectural history are a graduate degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation, or closely related field, with course work in American architectural history; or a bachelor's degree in architectural history, art history, historic preservation or closely related field plus one of the following:

  1. At least two years of full-time experience in research, writing, or teaching in American architectural history or restoration architecture with an academic institution, historical organization or agency, museum, or other professional institution; or
  2. Substantial contribution through research and publication to the body of scholarly knowledge in the field of American architectural history.

Architecture

The minimum professional qualifications in architecture are a professional degree in architecture plus at least two years of full-time experience in architecture; or a State license to practice architecture.

Historic Architecture

The minimum professional qualifications in historic architecture are a professional degree in architecture or a State license to practice architecture, plus one of the following:

  1. At least one year of graduate study in architectural preservation, American architectural history, preservation planning, or closely related field; or
  2. At least one year of full-time professional experience on historic preservation projects. Such graduate study or experience shall include detailed investigations of historic structures, preparation of historic structures research reports, and preparation of plans and specifications for preservation projects.

PROJECT STANDARDS

To be eligible for reimbursement under this grant program, all work must be in conformance with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Evaluation and Registration and all requirements of Oklahoma National Register Nomination and Request for Determination of Eligibility Manual. Costs for work not satisfying these standards will be disallowed.

APPLICATION EVALUATION

The following factors will be considered in the selection of projects to receive the grant awards:

  1. Preference will be given to applications for nominations for properties listed on Preservation Oklahoma Inc.ís Most Endangered Properties list and those located in the following counties: Cotton, Dewey, Harmon, McClain, Major, and Marshall.
  2. Projects selected will be those for properties that appear to meet the National Register criteria.
  3. Preference will be given to projects for nomination of endangered properties.
  4. Ability of the applicant to administer the grant assisted project.
  5. The extent to which a project allows the SHPO to broaden the geographic distribution of grant assisted activities.

SCHEDULE FOR APPLICATIONS AND GRANT AWARDS

There will be two rounds of applications for this program. Five thousand dollars ($5,000) will be set aside for each round. Funds not utilized in Round I will be added to the available funds for Round II. If more eligible applications are received in Round I than can be funded, unfunded applications will be held for reconsideration in Round II. The schedules for the two rounds are set forth below:

Round I:

  1. Completed applications must be received in the State Historic Preservation Office by 5:00 pm, Monday, April 1, 2013.
  2. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review process by May 1, 2013.
  3. Consultant selection and project work can begin upon execution of a contract between the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office and the applicant (approximately June 3, 2013).

Round II:

  1. Completed applications must be received in the State Historic Preservation Office by 5:00 pm, Monday, June 3, 2013.
  2. All applicants will be notified of the results of the review process by July 3, 2013.
  3. Consultant selection and project work can begin upon execution of a contract between the Oklahoma Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office and the applicant (approximately August 2, 2013).

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

To be considered for funding, applications must be received by the appropriate deadline stated above. Applications can be submitted online or mailed to:

State Historic Preservation Office
Oklahoma Historical Society
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105