Revitalizing Montana's Rural Heritage (RMRH) Grants

Public Comment Notice

The Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) invites public comment relating to SHPO’s Revitalizing Montana’s Rural Heritage (RMRH) grant program. This program is supported through a grant from the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program and Historic Preservation Fund, as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior.

Under RMRH, SHPO proposes to fund eight (8) historic preservation projects across Montana.

The public comment period for seven of those projects is open between June 14, 2020 through 5 pm on July 14, 2020. A public meeting for those seven projects took place on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at noon. The public meeting minutes and video are available here:
public meeting minutes
public meeting video

MT SHPO will take public comment regarding the eighth project, Basin Creek Caretakers House, from July 5, 2020 through 5pm on August 8, 2020.

The public can provide comments by calling 406-444-7715, emailing, and/or sending written comments to SHPO, 1301 E. Lockey St., P.O. Box 201202, Helena, MT 59620.

Information about each project, including draft environmental review documents, can be found by clicking the project name links below.

RMRH Program in Brief

Montana SHPO’s Revitalizing Montana’s Rural Heritage grant is for brick-and-mortar projects involving historic properties in Montana’s rural communities. Grant funds originate from the National Park Service’s (NPS) Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (HRSP) and that agency’s Historic Preservation Fund. SHPO is among nine entities nationwide to obtain HRSP funds in the program’s inaugural year. SHPO has $450,000 to award in grants between $10,000 and $100,000. All work must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Properties eligible for RMRH funds are either listed in the National Register or are eligible for National Register listing. Owners of properties in receipt of an RMRH grant whose properties are not already listed in the National Register must nominate their property for listing.

RMRH Applicants and Project Information

SHPO is considering eight (8) RMRH applications for funding. Below is information on the history of each property that would benefit from RMRH-funded work. Following each paragraph are links to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) documents, and RMRH application materials related to the subject property.

RMRH Story Map

Broadway Apartments, Fergus County

Roundup Central School, Musselshell County

Dion Block, Dawson County

F. M. Mack Mercantile, Lewis and Clark County

I. G. Baker House, Chouteau County

Montana Hotel, Deer Lodge County

Waterworks Museum, Custer County

Basin Creek Caretakers House, Silver Bow County