Historic Preservation Grants

The Historic Preservation Division is pleased to announce its 2019 Historic Preservation Grants Program.

Grant Details

Preservation grants can help fund Register nominations, outreach, conditions assessments or lay the groundwork for a major preservation project

  • Grant awards range from $5,000-$24,999.
  • Grant awards must be matched 60/40 (grant requests must make up 60% of eligible project costs and local match must make up 40% of eligible project costs).
  • Grant funds are reimbursable.  Grant recipients complete work, pay consultants/contractors, etc., and then seek reimbursement from HPD.
  • Eligible projects include:  survey projects, historic contexts, nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, planning projects, preservation education and outreach, and brick and mortar projects. 
  • Eligible applicants include: public and private entities, preservation organizations, government organizations (those that are not Certified Local Governments), tribal organizations, etc.
  • Grant funds cannot be awarded for work already completed or in-progress.
  • All grant-funded work must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Brick and mortar projects require that the place be listed in the National Register of Historic Places as an individual listing or as a contributing resource in an historic district.  Brick and mortar projects also require that a preservation easement be established.  The amount of the grant award will determine the length of the preservation easement. See a sample easement here.   
  • Privately-owned historic residences are not eligible for brick and mortar funding but may be available for listing in historic registries.  Privately-owned historic properties may be eligible for state and/or federal tax incentives, see here for more information.
  • Ineligible activities include, but are not limited to: property acquisition, moving historic buildings, payment of taxes, enlarging or expanding existing structure, catering, real estate fees, paving and landscaping costs, sales and marketing costs, equipment purchases, etc. 

 How to Apply

  • Applications are due Friday, March 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 
  • Read the grant announcement, below.
  • Complete all application forms, available for download below.  Compile a single PDF of all application forms. 
  • Submit application to If the PDF exceeds 20 MB, please contact the grants coordinator, Karla McWilliams at
  • Applications may be submitted by mail/messenger but, must be received in our office by the deadline.  Please submit to:   Historic Preservation Division, Re: Grant Application, 407 Galisteo Street, Suite 236, Santa Fe, NM  87501


Contact Karla McWilliams at 505/827-4451 or for more information.

Grants Administration

Administration of the grants program is via the New Mexico Grants Manual and the Historic Preservation Fund, Grants Manual produced by the National Park Service. Preserving the Enchantment, New Mexico State Historic Preservation Plan, 2017-2021, also provides goals and objectives for HPD and grant projects must align with its guiding principles. All three documents are available for download below.

CLG Grants

HPD has another grant program and eligible applicants are Certified Local Governments. A Certified Local Government (CLG) is a community which has a made a commitment towards preservation at the local level and has passed a preservation ordinance and established a preservation commission.  CLGs can apply annually for these grants which fund a variety of preservation activities and the continuing education of staff and board members.  For information about grants to Certified Local Governments, please see the webpage for the Certified Local Government Program


2019 Historic Preservation Grants Program, Announcement


State of New Mexico Grants Manual

National Park Service, Historic Preservation Fund, Grants Manual

Preserving the Enchantment, State of New Mexico Historic Preservation Plan, 2017-2021

(See goals and objectives on pages 7-10)



Application Form

Project Narrative – Template

Project Schedule – Template

Project Budget – Template

SOIPQs – The Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards

Trip Cost Estimate (for scholarship applications)

For all grant applications for nominations for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, please complete the questionnaire form (if you do not have a current eligibility determination from HPD) AND complete the consent/contact information form. 

NRHP Preliminary Questionnaire

NRHP Consent/Contact Information Form


Budget Examples

Schedule Examples


Progress Report Form

Match, Verification of Cash Match Form

Progress Report Form, Final

Match, Sources of Match Form

Request for Reimbursement (R4R) Form

Donated Items Form

Invoice, Sample

Completion & Closeout Form

Timesheet, Project & Volunteer Labor Form

Post Trip Report (conference attendees only)