National Park Service awards W.Va. preservation alliance $550,000

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National Park Service awards W.Va. preservation alliance $550,000
Endangered historic structures such as those in downtown Beckley will benefit from increased economic funding.

The National Park Service has awarded the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia a $550,000 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant to help preserve endangered historic buildings in West Virginia.

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The alliance will add the grant to its existing Saving Historical Places Grant Program, which provides funding to preserve West Virginia’s historical buildings that have fallen into disrepair and are vacant.

Sub-grants will be awarded for physical preservation with some opportunities for design assistance from a licensed architect or engineer.

“Our goal is to bring more historic buildings back into service and contribute to our sense of place. We want to tell the story of these places through the preservation process,” said Danielle Parker, executive director of the alliance.

Parker said the alliance is in the process of updating its Saving Historical Places Grant application process and will release formal guidelines explaining more details beginning December 2021 with a January 31, 2022 grant application deadline.

The Alliance will present subgrant awards in spring 2022.

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The National Park Service announced the $7.27 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants earlier this week. Grants were awarded to 11 recipients with 2 of the recipients in West Virginia.

The purpose of this program is to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country, Parker said.

The program is provided by the Historic Preservation Fund, as administered by the National Park Service, Department of Interior. For more information about HPF grants and the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants program, visit https://go.nps.gov/revitalization.

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