Certified Local Government Program

Notice of Grant Availability

New Mexico's eight Certified Local Governments are eligible to apply for up to three grants per CLG before November 15, 2013.  It is projected that $165,000 will be available for the grants.  Please read  the CLG Grant Guidelines and Notice of Availability to learn more about these financial incentives for advancing preservation in your community.


The Certified Local Government Program was mandated by Congress in 1980 as an amendment to the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. It assists local governments with integrating historic preservation initiatives at the local level. Joining the CLG program is an important and effective way to incorporate historic preservation into local planning decisions and ensure New Mexico’s diverse cultural resources are preserved.

The CLG program extends the federal and state preservation partnership to the local level.  It enhances the local government’s role in preservation by strengthening local preservation efforts and its partnership with NMHPD.

Get more information on the Certified Local Government Program at the National Park Service website.

What are the benefits of becoming a CLG?

  • Upon certification, local governments become eligible to apply for federal historic preservation grants.
  • A CLG participates directly with the State Register of Cultural Properties and the National Register of Historic Places by reviewing local nominations prior to their consideration by the state Cultural Properties Review Committee.
  • CLGs receive technical assistance in historic preservation through training, information materials, statewide meetings, workshops, and conferences.
  • Communication and coordination of preservation are increased at the local, state and federal levels as well as with other CLGs.