Historic Preservation

  • Catherine O’Connor, Local Government Manager
  • Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
  • One Old State Capitol Plaza,
  • Springfield, IL 62701
  • Phone: (217) 785-5730
  • Website:

Purpose of the Program

Grants are awarded to help finance historic preservation plans and surveys, preservation outreach and education programs.  Grants are limited to governments which have received Certified Local Government (CLG) status from the National Park Service. Each application will be evaluated to determine its priority by the Agency staff, the state historic preservation officer, and the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council. Specific national preservation objectives are subject to change each year by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Projects are eligible for up to 60% reimbursement assistance. The Agency also provides advisory services to any local government for preparation of local preservation ordinances, design and establishment of local historic preservation programs, and economic development and tourism through historic preservation.

Who is Eligible

Counties, Municipalities, Townships, Special districts

Application Process

This is an annual program with a late fall application cycle.

Availability of Funds

Fy2004   Fy2005   Fy2006  Fy2007 Fy2012 $ 111,000, FY 2013, $ 111,000

How Funds are to be used

For specified preservation activities related to the communities historic preservation commission.  The program does NOT fund building renovations.

Types of Assistance

Technical Assistance, Grants

Year Program was established