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.
The Montana State Historic Preservation Office (MT SHPO) recently applied for and received Preserve America funding to subgrant to designated Montana Preserve America Communities for qualified community planning projects. MT SHPO will fund preserve America Community Applications 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 district and individually listed properties. Please click on Montana Preserve America Application and Guidelines below for additional subgrant information.
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: