SALEM — Thousands of dollars in grants are available for historic preservation projects throughout the state of Oregon.
Grants for work on historic properties and for archaeology projects are available through the State Historic Preservation Office. The annual grants provide up to $20,000 in matching funds for preservation projects. Opportunities include:
•The Preserving Oregon Grants fund preservation of historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work may include non-maintenance preservation like window repair, roof work, foundation projects, and plumbing and electrical needs.
•The Diamonds in the Rough Grants help restore or reconstruct the facades of buildings that have been heavily altered over the years. The grant projects return buildings to their historic appearance and potentially qualify them for historic register designation.
Potential applicants can visit with preservation office staff about potential grant projects and gain assistance with the online grant system. Also, grant workshops on project planning, grant writing and using the online grant application will be available. Free workshops are March 8 and 13 in Salem. In addition, webinar workshops will be available March 15 and 22.