Save America's Treasures (National Park Service)
50-50 match grants for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and historic structures and sites. Search the database to see what has been funded in Utah.
Federal and State Tax Credits for Preservation
A 20% Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is available for rehabilitating historic buildings and a 10% ITC for renovating non-historic buildings constructed before 1936.
The state historic rehabilitation tax credit (20%) is available for buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places which, after renovation, are used for commercial or residential use.
The non-historic tax credit (10%) is available for any pre-1936 building that is not listed on the National Register and is being used for commercial but not residential rental purposes.
Certified Local Governments
(Utah State Historic Preservation Office and National Park Service)
50-50 match grants given to local governments who have become “certified.” By becoming a CLG, a local government can gain tools and resources to help historic buildings become a more vital part of the community’s social and economic fabric. Can be used for “bricks and mortar,” interpretation, training, surveys.
See Public Works, Economic Adjustment, Planning, and Research and Technical Assistance Programs
See Rural Housing and Economic Development Grants (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
LeRay McAllister Critical Land Conservation Fund (State of Utah)
An incentive program providing grants to encourage communities and landowners to work together to conserve their critical lands. The fund targets lands important to the community such as agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, watershed protection, and other culturally or historically unique landscapes.
A key component of Utah 's quality of life is the quantity and quality of the open lands critical to agriculture, recreation, water quality, scenery, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and historic preservation. This fund is aimed at protecting these assets.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (Department of Agriculture)
Technical and limited financial support to assist local RC&D Councils with development projects, including heritage tourism and related business development.
To see Utah’s RC&D Councils, see http://www.ut.nrcs.usda.gov/partnerships/RC_D/index.html
Rural Development Programs (Department of Agricuture)
Grants, loans, and technical assistance for community development projects and planning. Among the programs are: Rural Business Enterprise Grants; Rural Business Opportunity Grants; and Rural Economic Development Grants and Loans.
Contact the Rural Development Utah field office
Public Works, Economic Adjustment, Planning, and Research and Technical Assistance Programs (Economic Development Administration)
Grants to assist communities in infrastructure development, local capacity building, and business development. The grants are intended to help economically distressed areas alleviate persistent unemployment and underemployment. Rehabilitation of historic properties is an eligible activity if there is significant job creation. www.eda.gov
Community Development Block Grants (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Grants for revitalizing neighborhoods, economic development, and improved community facilities and services. Communities have discretion to spend CDBG funds for a wide range of community development activities, including heritage tourism and related infrastructure. www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/communitydevelopment/index.cfm)
Rural Housing and Economic Development Grants (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
Grants to assist in capacity building at the state and local level for rural housing and economic development. They support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas, including heritage tourism and economic development through use of historic properties.
Transportation and Transit Enhancements Programs (Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration)
Ten percent of Federal Surface Transportation Program funds and 1 percent of Federal urban mass transit funds set aside to fund transportation enhancements. The money can be used to fund transportation enhancements such as historic preservation projects and programs related to historic transportation routes, systems, facilities, etc. Heritage tourism trails may also be funded at
Arts Grants (National Endowment for the Arts)
A variety of grants for arts-related projects
Utah Humanities Council Grants (National Endowment for the Humanities)
50-50 match grants for projects in the humanities. Libraries, historical societies, museums, local arts and humanities councils, civic and service organizations, public radio and television states, educational institutions, local and state government agencies, and ad hoc groups may apply. Draft applications are required and due one month in advance of the final deadlines: March 1, July 1, and September 1 each year.
An example of funding: $3,000 to the Bear River Heritage Area Council to record local histories and identify and document traditional artisans and folklore of the Bear River region. The committee worked with communities and professional folklore fieldworkers to collect and record oral histories and information on local culture, artisans, and historically significant buildings and sites. They used this information in heritage tourism planning and marketing.
Utah Arts and Museums Grants
Grants are available for schools and educators, nonprofit organizations, local arts agencies and municipalities, and artists. http://arts.utah.gov/opportunities/grants_funding/index.html
Market Developer Cooperator Program (Department of Commerce)
Provides federal assistance to organizations involved in export promotion. The program can support tourism initiatives (and potentially heritage tourism). http://www.ita.doc.gov/td/mdcp/2010Website/About/draftAbout.html
See Community Development Block Grants (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
See Rural Housing and Economic Development Grants (Department of Housing and Urban Development)
National Heritage Areas Program (National Park Service)
A program for increasing heritage tourism by promoting an area’s heritage assets and cultural vitality. Congressional designation of a National Heritage Area allows the area to receive funding, technical assistance, and management support. Utah has two National Heritage Areas, the National Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area and the Great Basin Heritage Area.
National Trails System (National Park Service, BLM, and Forest Service)
A trails program managed through partnerships between the federal agency, state government, nonprofit organizations, and private landowners. Although designated by Congress and administered by Federal agencies, trail ownership may be public or private. There currently are 23 National Scenic Trails and National Historic Trails. National Trails in Utah include the Pony Express http://www.nps.gov/poex/, Old Spanish http://www.nps.gov/olsp/index.htm, California http://www.nps.gov/cali/, and Mormon Pioneer http://www.nps.gov/mopi/
Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (National Park Service)
Technical assistance to local and State agencies and private organizations working on river and trail corridor projects. No grant funding is currently available, but the program assists partners in planning and finding appropriate project funding.
National Scenic Byways Program (Federal Highway Administration)
Technical and financial assistance to help preserve America's scenic roads and promote tourism and economic development. Grants are available to assist states in implementing projects on National Scenic Byways and developing state scenic byways. Byways often include heritage components or attractions. See the scenic byways in Utah.
Recreational Trails Program Grants (Federal Highway Administration)
Grants to maintain, restore, and rehabilitate trails, including National Historic Trails, and rehabilitate trailside facilities. They can also support acquisition of easements or title to property for trails, including acquisition of old road or railroad bridges to be used as recreational trail bridges.
See also Arts Grants (NEA)
Small Business AdministrationTraining Programs
Training materials and opportunities for entrepreneurs. This program could support heritage tourism and business development using historic buildings. www.sba.gov/training/
America's Historic Places Grants (National Endowment for the Humanities)
Funding for public programs that use one or more historic sites to address themes and issues central to American history. Projects eligible for funding may interpret a single historic site, a series of sites, whole neighborhoods, communities or towns, or larger geographical regions. Fundable activities include docent tours, publications (e.g., brochures, guidebooks, etc.), driving or walking trails or tours, annotated itineraries, exhibition labeling or trail signs, films, and digital media. www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/historicplaces.html
Internet Guide for Financial and Technical Assistance (National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers)
This is a list for Tribes interested in developing heritage tourism. Some of these resources are appropriate for all entities developing heritage tourism. The categories of assistance are: Tourism-related; Economic and Social Development; Cultural and Historic Preservation and the Arts; Human Resources: Advice and Expertise; and Other Funding Sources. http://www.nathpo.org/Toolkit/InternetGuide.htm
Rural Development Grants (Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development)
Grants to further economic development in rural areas in Utah, available to non-profit organizations, counties, cities, towns, townships, recognized districts. Projects should increase employment, increase local economic income, or increase knowledge and local participation.