DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) announced Thursday more than $170,000 in historic preservation grants have been awarded to 21 projects in 18 Iowa communities, including Ottumwa.

The awards were made through a division of the DCA, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s Certified Local Government (CLG) and Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP) grant programs. The $170,741.86 awarded includes $93,741.86 in CLG funding to 12 Iowa communities for historic preservation projects and activities, and an additional $77,000 in HRDP funding to nine organizations for the preservation of documentary collections.

“These grants help communities and organizations preserve our state’s history and make it more accessible to Iowans,” said DCA Director Mary Cownie. “That’s important because the preservation of our historical assets connects us to the people, places and points of pride that define our state, and that’s a key component in building and sustaining culturally vibrant communities in Iowa. We are pleased our grant recipients share our commitment to historic preservation and we congratulate them on today’s announcement.”

The CLG program was established as part of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 in order to create federal, state and local governmental partnerships, provide historic preservation training and technical assistance and encourage preservation and wise use of historic resources at the local level. The list of fiscal year 2015 CLG grant recipients in Council Bluffs, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Greenfield, Henry County, Linn County, Madison County, Mason City, Muscatine County, Ottumwa, Sioux City and Washington.

The HRDP program is funded by the Resource Enhancement and Protection Act (REAP) passed by the Iowa General Assembly in 1989 and provides grants to preserve, conserve, interpret and educate the public about historic preservation, museum and documentary collections projects. The announcement of HRDP funding is for documentary collections preservation projects in Cedar Falls, Clinton, Des Moines, Iowa City, Pella, Sioux City and Waverly.

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