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Hurricane Disaster Relief Grants

Background on the Disaster Relief Fund
 •  Congress passed Public Law 109-234, appropriating $43 million from the Historic Preservation Fund to the SHPOs in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi for relief from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
   – $40 million for the preservation, stabilization, rehabilitation, and repair of historic properties listed in or eligible     for the National Register of Historic Places.
   – $3 million for Federal Compliance Requirements..

 •  Congress passed Public Law 110-28, appropriating an additional $10 million from the Historic Preservation Fund to Louisiana for hurricane relief efforts.

Grant Program Requirements
 •  Non-Federal matching share was not required.

 •  Preservation covenants are required for properties receiving more than $99,999 in grant assistance. For projects receiving less than $99,999, a five-year preservation easement must be executed.

 •  A Programmatic Agreement was developed in conjunction with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation to simplify the Federal Compliance Process.

Grant Program Eligibility Requirements
 •  Only 2005 hurricane-related damaged properties were eligible for assistance.

 •  Acquisition was not eligible under this grant program.

 •  Reconstruction was limited to portions of the property that retain sufficient significance and integrity to remain listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Total or major reconstruction was not eligible.

 •  Proposed work must adhere to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.




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