At the State Historical Fund we are committed to providing the highest quality of service. Our dedicated Engagement team is here to help answer any questions you may have and make the process of applying for a grant a positive experience. Whether you are new to our program or a seasoned grant applicant we are always here to assist.
Look for a sample of a past successful SHF grant application? Contact our Outreach staff and we can help find a sample grant to help in understanding the grant application and requirements.
Draft Application Process
The State Historical Fund offers competitive grant draft application reviews to any interested applicant. Applicants must have an approved Letter of Intent before they begin the application process, including draft reviews.We highly encourage applicants to utilize this service.
We accept draft reviews up to two weeks prior to the application deadline (For example, January 15 for the February 1 deadline). One full review with comments from multiple staff is provided. Submit all draft reviews through the application draft function in the online application portal, to email@example.com.
Grant Writing Resources
The Secretary of the Interior's Standards
All work funded by the State Historical Fund must comply with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. These principles promote best practices for work on historic properties. There are also specific standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation, which you should refer to when applying for an archaeology grant. Your project must be in line with these standards, and your application should explicitly state how your work will comply with them.
Preservation Briefs and Preservation Tech Notes are helpful publications provided by the National Park Service for technical assistance and guidance on preserving historic properties. Most State Historical Fund-sponsored projects will require contractors to understand and implement the techniques described in these documents. Identifying and referencing relevant briefs and tech notes will make your grant application more competitive.
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