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Bellevue, Covington among those to receive CLG grants for professional development, education

Following a round of 12 project grants earlier this year, five Kentucky communities will now benefit from a second round of Certified Local Government (CLG) funding to facilitate professional staff development, training and public education during FY2019-20.

These “extra opportunity” grants will use the remaining $11,663 in annual funds allocated to the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) by the National Park Service.

The funds are available to qualifying local governments through a federal Historic Preservation Fund pass-through to assist their work in recognizing, protecting and saving historic places.

CLG designation offers a way for city and county-wide historic preservation commissions to develop a comprehensive approach to historic preservation and promote the integration of preservation interests into the planning process. Grants require a 40 percent local match in additional committed funds or in-kind services.

Staff from Bellevue, Campbellsville, Covington and Horse Cave will use the funds as stipends to attend the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) FORUM conference July 22-26 in Tacoma, Washington. It is the only national conference focused on issues facing local historic preservation commissions and historic districts.

This biennial conference offers dozens of educational sessions and discussion panels, mobile workshops and tours to staff and volunteers representing local, state and national organizations and government agencies.

An additional $3,450 grant will go to the Covington Urban Design and Review Board to provide a day-long training for its nine members to increase professionalism and efficiency by reviewing rationales for defensible decisions, public hearing procedures, and responsibilities and authorities as a member of the board. The city will procure a professional training facilitator that meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualifications Standards, and boards of neighboring communities including Newport, Bellevue and Ludlow will also be invited.

Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Government will receive $2,100 to develop a color brochure targeted to nearly 7,000 property owners, residents and tenants of 95 local landmarks and seven historic preservation districts – Butchertown, Cherokee Triangle, Clifton, Limerick, Old Louisville, Parkland Business and West Main Street.

The mailer will provide an overview of historic district designation and the local landmarks process and provide information about who to contact with questions, assisting the Develop Louisville team with improving customer service and communication with applicants.

Grant awards were approved in October by the KHC board, and all activities must directly support goals outlined in “A Map Made of Memory: Kentucky’s State Historic Preservation Plan, 2017-2021.”

FY2020-21 grant applications were recently distributed to Kentucky’s 23 participating CLG programs. According to Vicki Birenberg, CLG program and planning coordinator, an anticipated $90,000 of KHC’s federal apportionment will be made available, with applications due March 6.

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