Currently, we are unable to fund any Preserve America grants because of the lack of federal funding.
Montana Preserve America mirrors the national Preserve America initiative. The state encourages and supports community efforts to preserve and enjoy our priceless cultural heritage. Montana Preserve America's goals include a greater shared knowledge about the state's past, strengthened regional identities and local pride, increased local participation in preserving the nation's cultural and natural heritage assets, and support for the economic vitality of our communities.
In the past, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (MT SHPO) had applied for and received Preserve America funding to subgrant to designated Montana Preserve America Communities for qualified community planning projects. Currently, we are unable to fund any projects because of the lack of federal funding. The types of projects funded to the Preserve America Communities were for feasibility studies, business plans, tourism plans, market research studies, and other heritage planning to promote tourism and generate revenues that can be used to maintain, restore, and update historic districts and individually listed properties.
The national Preserve America, a White House initiative is lead by Mrs. Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States, and the Honorary Chair of the national Preserve America program. Major components of the national Preserve America initiative include the following: Preserve America Communities, Preserve America Grants, Preserve America Presidential Awards, Preserve America History Teacher of the Year Awards, and educational outreach efforts with the History Channel's Save Our History. Detailed information on all aspects of the national initiative can be found at www.preserveamerica.gov.
Every Montana community should consider applying for Preserve America Community Designation!
Benefits of Preserve America Community Designation Include: